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[February 4, 2008]


Tonight I started working on making the cuts in the side skins for the canopy latching mechanism. I made a drilling template out of some 063 angle with the drill press and a rivet fan. I know my spacing is dead on with that combo. Here is the results.


I intentionally made the spacing between the vertex of the angle and the holes so I could use the vertex as a guide to make me file straight. As shown in this picture, the slot holes are exactly on the top of the angle.


I clamped the angle to the side of the fuse and drilled out the holes.


With the holes drilled, I marked where the slots would be.


Once the slot locations were marked, I cut the slots with a thin dremel cut off wheel. I was real careful to make sure it was int he middle. Once that was done, I used a needle file to open up the slot to get a bigger needed file in. From there on out I was using the needed file to enlarge the slot from the cutoff wheel to something bigger. The angle worked great as a guide to keep me from going too far. My hands got tired after an hour or so of intensive filing so I called it a night.

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