Since the last post, there’s a bit more space in the hangar! Nico and I spent a weekend up in Oregon dropping off the Velocity to Steve at “ST Avionics” to get it’s avionics redone! We spent a couple days with Steve helping get disassembly started. See Pictures below. (and more to come with a future Velocity Post)
Not to worry! The plane should be back in 6-8 weeks, but in the meantime I thought I’d switch things up a bit and put up a semi-permanent priming booth. You remember how I got that warming tent back in 2021 to build the fuel tanks? Well, it’s been sitting up in the attic for quite some time, so I figured it was time to repurpose it. Because a priming day is so long (booth setup etc) I’ve been saving a bunch of parts before I prime. This is a source of frustration and procrastination, so hopefully this priming booth with help move things along. A few modifications to the booth and off we go!
Although I will need to take it down in a couple months, I hope to use it quite a bit until then. In the last post, I had completed prepping the LG Box braces for priming so it’s a great first test! Spoiler Alert…. I was able to get through an entire priming session in less than 2 hours! With a smaller batch of parts, plus the booth being ready to go, it was a reasonable activity to get completed after work rather than waiting for a long weekend day. Prime session was the normal sequence of clean, etch, tack cloth, then paint. I remembered to mix the epoxy paint in the reverse order Sam and I discovered in a previous session. As a reminder, we found that pouring the Part B liquid first allowed for better metering of the Part A and water portions since those were more mangeable for accurate metering.
After the priming was complete, it was just a matter of riveting on all the braces and completing the bolts and nuts. It was easy work, and I was able to squeeze everything except the mid-cabin to LG Box rivets. Those I could complete by myself with the bucking bar and rivet gun.
So there we have it! LG Box Assembly complete. Next up I will be building out the rest of the Fwd Fuselage Sub Structure (including riveting on the firewall!). Until then… Happy Building!
Congratulations. Great progress. Nice idea to create the temporary booth. Anything else you have to paint?…. Not airplane related. Could be an interesting exercise.