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Fuselage page 20 is up!

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The bulkhead preparation work is now set aside awaiting my next step, bending and twisting the longerons that will run from the firewall to the tail of the fuselage. I am also running out of web space under my first 10 megabytes on Earthlink. I will have to publish my second set of photos in another 10 MB block and link it all together. That should prove interesting. I could of course move my flying photos to another area to solve some space problems. Hmmm, time to be a "byte head" again.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise/rv9a020.htmByte head work completed. I now have moved 10 megabytes of stuff to my secondary web space to make room for more RV-9A construction info and pix on the primary space. I am sure I will have to boot up another 10 megs someday during the fuselage part of the project.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I have put up the first pictures of something that is starting to look like a fuselage section, not just pieces. The tail cone came together with minor glitches to be corrected tomorrow. But the big deal is that it is absolutely straight! Thanks Van for a quality pre-punched kit!http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise/rv9a020.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I have two more pix for you Luis (and anyone else who is interested). I got back late Thursday night from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Weather delays in the flights into and out of Atlanta were the problem. I did manage to get some time in on the fuselage today. Check out page 21 for the latest.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a021.htmJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Well, I am back after a few days without electricity. And no, I do not live in the northeastern U.S. or Canada or California. But we have power outages in the rest of the world also.It is really starting to look like an airplane now, Jerry. Great!Did the instruction manual warn you that you would have to cut out those notches for the step tube?Best regards.Luis

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Luis,The steps are now installed, and ready to remove for buffing/priming/painting, etc. You can also see what ALCLAD aluminum sheet looks like now that I have removed the blue plastic from the interior panels. I have also put in the control sticks to check some assembly methods that will be used later -- when things are riveted and there is no going back, etc.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a022.htmTomorrow should be a day of disassembly in hopes of clear weather for priming outside on the driveway using the protective paper that came as packing materials in the shipping crates.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I will not add any more pix to page 22 now that the total is SIX. That is enough for those of you doing dial-up internet access.I finished riveting the tail cone together. Next comes the assembly with the center section when I rivet it all together and cleco the sections that have yet to have their first assembly, etc.http://home.earthlink.net/~n2prise3/rv9a022.htmTotal work time on the airframe itself just passed 700 hours. I expect to put in 1800 to 2000 hours before the first flight.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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