Monthly Archives: September 2011

Aft fuselage sides

Cut the fuselage sides from sheet metal using the edge of a sheet as a straightedge.  I drilled all the holes with the two sides clecoed to each other and the table.

Cut the inspection holes with the fly cutter on my drill press.  I was pretty careful to get everything clamped down well.  The fly cutter occasionally stalls, but I found that if I raise the cutter up and down slightly while cutting, it gives the cutter a chance to return to speed before cutting again.  This seemed to help and it never stalled again.

I also started cutting the longerons.  These are simple cuts, just on really long pieces.