TF P-47 Fuse Top Construction Continues

Construction of the fuse top continues with the installation of the stringers and the razorback spine. All very straightforward with no real surprises.

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Next step, sheeting the lower section of the upper fuselage. I have spliced on extenders to the end of the tail section on both sides of the precut skins. I then soaked down the outer surface with Windex and gently bent the skins around a length of aluminum duct (anything of a suitable diameter and length will do), using rubber bands to hold everything in place. I was tempted to glue them in place today, but decided to give up and save some fun for next time.

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Just to drive myself crazy, I have been keeping a log of the hours spent working on this project. Since the start of the project on October 1st 2011, I have spent 53 hours (I never claimed to be fast!).

 

TF P-47 Fuse Top Construction

Progress continues on the P-47 fuselage top. I spent more time than I care to admit cleaning up and fussing with the formers. It’s hard to see in the photo, but some of the plywood was a bit rough and it was quite a challenge to separate the parts without damage. Although I am working on the fuse top, I took the time to punch out all of the bottom formers and fine tune the fit between the top and bottom formers now. After all the clean-up, the top formers glued up quickly.

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