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Builder:
  Peter McBain
Location:
  Roxby Downs, SA - Australia
Aircraft:
  RV-9A
Total Build Hours:
  1564
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/PeterMac/

Date:  02-28-2021
Number of Hours:  2.50
Short Description:  2: Canopy Side Skirts

After lunch I spent a couple hours continuing on with the left canopy side skirt. Now that I've trimmed the guide rails back the skirt fits in nice a snug against the fuselage, so I could continue on with match drilling it to the frame.

When I got to the last couple holes, however, I found that the skirt sat away from the fuselage by about 1/8". Upon closer investigation I saw that there is a weld at the back end of the frame that prevents the skirt from sitting in tight. It was a simple matter to file the weld down flat. I'll touch up the paintwork later.

Next up I started match drilling the skirt piece that goes in behind the plexiglass, however not far into the drilling I noticed that the canopy bubble does not fit very well into the skirt assembly. The bubble sits too low, and I need to cut another 1/8" off the bottom.

That's no drama, but I'll leave it at that for today. I now need to get to the same point with the right side skirt and see if I need to trim there as well, but it's too late on a Sunday arvo to go starting anything new now.




Match drilling the left side skirt to the canopy frame





I noticed a weld at the back end of the frame that needed to be filed down





Hard to see, but the perspex doesn't seat into the skirt assembly very well

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