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[December 13, 2007]


I pop-riveted the aft part of the frame tonight. I am really glad I have a pneumatic rivet puller as it made the job a breeze.


Next I clamped the two angles to the bottom of the canopy frame, and also clamped each angle to the other.


You can see here the two #40 holes to be backdrilled. These are used for keeper rivets to temporarily hold the two angle together while they get drilled the the top of the F-705 bulkhead.



I then countersunk the bottom of the angle so the rivet will sit flush against the top of the F-705 bulkhead. Squeezed some rivets and that was that. When I test fitted everything, it appears that the canopy frame bowed outward about 1/8" or so. I am going to get some ratchet straps and try to squeeze the canopy frame in a little bit to make the fit. I don't know how it change shape! Its a good time to stop the project for the night.

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