Upper Fuselage Joint – Part 1

Joining the fuselage halves at the upper joint was identical to the lower joining process, so I won’t bore you with all the details… I’ll just put a few photos at the end.

But before I could actually get started, I decided it would be a good thing to invert the fuselage first.  I guess I could have done the job over-my-head, but that would have been messy.  And insane.

So in enlisted my buddy Mike Wagnon to help me invert it.  While not particularly heavy, it would have been difficult for me to do myself, given its size.

Once inverted, I build a little saw horse cradle to support the nose so that it wouldn’t tip over while I crawled around inside.

So then it was back inside the fuselage for me (oh, my aching back), to repeat the process of ply – core – plies.  Again, the most time consuming part of the joining process was constructing the foam core sections so that they nestled just perfectly into the joint valley.