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Day six started with moving the fuselage outside and prepping all the bonded exterior surfaces for gelcoat. Once all the areas where prepped, we masked off the fuselage and applied the gelcoat. When the gelcoat cured, we removed the masking paper from the fuselage and installed the windows. With the glass work on BHC finished, it was time to jig the tail up for installing the tail spar. Using a digital level on the vertical stabilizer to find plumb and a laser to check for twist in relation to the centerline of the fuselage, we jigged the vertical stabilizer in position and located the tail spar once again. Once the tail spar was positioned, every other hole was drilled and clecoed, then glued into position. The builder was now able to finish drilling the holes and riveting the spar at a later date. The co-pilot door was fit and hinges installed. The pilot door, mounted on day five, needed to be heated and formed to the shape of the fuselage so the latches would engage the dogs. During the course of the day, the builder finished all the push rod fabrication and installation. This allowed us to conclude Day 6 with locating the door dogs on both doors and glassing them into position.

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Day 6A   Day 6B   Day 6C

Day 6D   Day 6E   Day 6F
 
 
 
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