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Sunday April 10, 2022
Today, I started by prepping and priming all of the parts of the canopy frame where they were going to overlap once riveted.
Then I squeezed the rivets fixing the side skirts to the frame.
I think I had previously mentioned the gap here between the frame and the skin. This is super common. I put some blank rivets in the skin on the outboard few rivets here and took a look.
The curve was still a bit off.
I ended up putting a total of 5 blanks. I also put a washer between the skin and frame on the inboard most rivet. This way the curve flows more naturally. I will probably fill in this space with some epoxy/filler mixture.
I finished all of the skin to frame rivets. Most of these were bucked. A few are blind rivets (skin to the tubing).
The braces are also riveted in place.
I put the panel in the plane and then put the canopy frame in place. The gap isn't terrible, but I think I do want to fill it.
Another shot just for fun.
Earlier this week I put in an order to Stein for an ELT and the autopilot mount for the pitch servo. These two items, plus some conduit to the tail, should be all I need to install before I rivet the aft top skins in place.