Time: 3.0 hrs
I haven’t been working on the plane much since the weather has been kind of crappy. I did get one of the fuel tank skins from TAF a few days ago so I’m able to start putting that tank together. If the weather gets better then I’ll mix up some tank sealer and finish the stainless steel rivets on the wing and do some of the preliminary items for the tanks like the sender, drain, cap, etc.
Today it rained so I finally got to doing the last interior panel. The other panels were pretty easy, just cut the material put on the glue and cover the panel. These last two panels that go near the firewall on the center console are a bit more involved. The material is both leather and carpet sewn together. You need to line up the seam with the previous 2 panels that install on the console and also put in a foam backing piece. The foam piece is to fill in behind the leather to get it to sit nicer on the panel since there is a seam that protrudes out the back of the material.
The first part was finding where the seam needed to be and then figuring out how the foam would go. I figured that this panel will sit under the other 2 panels since those panels would most likely be removed more frequently. I decided to leave the foam material out of the area where the other panels join so the panels would sit more flush. After that it was just glueing and cutting.
The foam is 7/16″ higher than the line for the seam and butts up against the join with the other panels. I glued down the foam and trimmed it, then glued the covering on, making sure the seam line up with the other panels.
The join looks good and the seam lines up with the other two panels.
After some trimming and more gluing it’s done. I think that’s all the covering I needed to do. I still need to install the side panels in the fuselage though.