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Fuselage main structure complete

Bulkheads, longerons, stringers and corner blocks are all installed, contour ground to shape. The main structure of the fuselage is complete. Every resemblance to the

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Cockpit section longerons

The main longerons, stringers and corner blocks of the forward cockpit section are all installed. The longerons are divided into a forward and a main

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Upper longerons

The upper longerons are the longest structure elements built in one piece. Accordingly the length of the jig in which it was fabricated was extreme

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Contour shaping

Every longeron must be shaped to its round contour through planning and sanding. A very time consuming job. The radius templates were made on my

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Wing attachment ribs

Wings and fuselage will be glued together during final assembly and cannot be disassembled therafter. The connecting surfaces must be absolutely precise and therefore the

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Stringers

The curved belly shape of the fuselage indicates the projected weapons bay. This leads to some exciting stringer shapes.  Again: draw the curve on the

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Main bulkheads

The center fuselage section carries two seriously dimensioned bulkheads. They will be attached to the main wing  spars and transfer the wing forces to the

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