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- FireWall (14:30)
- F-704 Bulkhead (13:25)
- F-705 Bulkhead (14:20)
- Other Bulkheads
   and Longerons
(17:30)

- Tailcone (29:30)
- Center Section (35:15)
- Forward Section (52:40)
- Forward Assembly (24:30)
- Skins/Baggage Area (46:30)
- Seats & Seat Floors (30:15)
- Flaps & Gear Mounts (18:15)
- Fuselage Plumbing (14:0)
- Tail Feathers (16:35)
- Front Deck/Firewall (58:50)
Finish Kit
- Electrical (57:30)
- Electrical Part 2 (24:0)
- Canopy (22:30)
- Landing Gear (18:35)
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Center Section

Made the four F-916C spacers 9/3/2008 - Made the four F-916C spacers
These are made from an AB4-125 x 1 1/2" X 8" aluminum bar which I found in sub-kit #18.
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Finished the F-716B Seat Rib Access Plates 9/22/2008 - Finished the F-716B Seat Rib Access Plates
I'm going to go ahead put these guys on (just hand-tight) so I won't loose the parts.
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Trimmed the F-916 R & L floor ribs for the counduit hole 9/26/2008 - Trimmed the F-916 R & L floor ribs for the counduit hole
This was fairly easy. I cut the left floor rib to fit and then used it as a pattern to cut the right floor rib (in reverse of course).
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Started work the center section bottom skin 9/29/2008 - Started work the center section bottom skin
I'm really running out of room on "my side" of the garage. I wanted to flip the center section over to cleco on the skin, but my bench top is not wide enough. I have another matching bench, but there ... read more
Started work on the F-623 Ribs 11/18/2008 - Started work on the F-623 Ribs
I'm back!! My wife and I decided to remodel our guest bathroom after my son accidentally broke off the shower handle at the nub. We decided to go all out on this project, new tile around the tub and p ... read more
The guest bathroom redo is finally finished!! 11/28/2008 - The guest bathroom redo is finally finished!!
Holy Moly, I had no idea that this redo was going to take so long. I have done tile work before, but this one was one of the biggest jobs I've ever taken on. I put new tile around the bathtub, the toi ... read more
Time to trim the F-623 ribs 11/29/2008 - Time to trim the F-623 ribs
I'll be glad to be through with these ribs. The instructions are very vague. I read another builders log where he noted that the directions must have written by Picaso. I need to trim the flanges to m ... read more
Rebolted the F-904 bulkhead to the rear half. 12/17/2008 - Rebolted the F-904 bulkhead to the rear half.
It's time to final drill the bottom skin and the F-904H side doublers.

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Still working on the center bottom skin 12/22/2008 - Still working on the center bottom skin
This center section bottom skin really gives an idea about how big the main cockpit section of the RV-9A is going to be. I have done some comparing between my Cessna 172 and some other RV-9As, and the ... read more
The center fuselage bottom skin is ready 12/23/2008 - The center fuselage bottom skin is ready
I finished dimpling all the holes and sanded the edges. This really is a large skin.
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Finished deburring, sanding and cleaning the center section ribs. 12/26/2008 - Finished deburring, sanding and cleaning the center section ribs.
The Scotchbrite wheel really makes short work of the preparing of the edges on the ribs. One quick pass and your done. Then all I have to do is hand sand the inner flange edges.
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Primed all the parts for the Center Section 12/29/2008 - Primed all the parts for the Center Section
I bought a canvas drop cloth last week when I repainted my kiddos bedroom. It makes a great backing for priming this many parts. I primed the skin only where it meets the ribs and primed all of the su ... read more
Starting riveting in the center section floor ribs 12/31/2008 - Starting riveting in the center section floor ribs
Here I'm countersinking the spar to allow the rivet to sit flush on the edge of the spar. I squirted some primer on it and then used my hand squeezer to set the rivets.
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Finished attaching the floor ribs to the F-904 Bulkhead 1/1/2009 - Finished attaching the floor ribs to the F-904 Bulkhead
I located the bolts, nuts and washers and then drilled the holes into the floor rib flanges using the bulkhead predrilled holes as a pattern.
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Started riveting in the seat ribs 1/2/2009 - Started riveting in the seat ribs
Wow, this was tough! The bottom 2 rivet in the seat ribs flange weren't too hard, but the top rivet was nearly impossible to get to. I had to switch to my 4 inch yoke and force my way over to the rive ... read more
Center Section skeleton all riveted together 1/3/2009 - Center Section skeleton all riveted together
I pretty much used my 4 inch yoke on the pneumatic squeezer for this whole riveting session. Once I got on a roll, it wasn't so bad.
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Started riveting on the bottom skin to the center section 1/5/2009 - Started riveting on the bottom skin to the center section
I started riveting the bottom skin on, trying to reach as many as I can. I will obviously need to get someone to help me with the center most rivets.
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Finished riveting the bottom skin 1/12/2009 - Finished riveting the bottom skin
My good buddy Norwood came over (again) and helped me rivet the bottom skin on. We stood the center section on it's legs upside on the garage floor. Norwood pulled up an old piece of carpet and laid o ... read more
Final drilled the center section floor skins 1/19/2009 - Final drilled the center section floor skins
This is really starting to look cool. My kiddo was asking all sorts of questions about where he's going to sit. I told him, "Your rear goes here, and your legs go here, and these things hold the seat ... read more
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