Cockpit module bonding

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Cockpit module bonding

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Fitting stiffnuts

Fitting stiffnuts: 2010-05-20

Nikon Coolpix 8400

Harry & Mike fitting stiffnuts to the control connexions before the cockpit module is bonded in. It would have been possible to do this later, but it's a lot less awkward to do it now while everything is easily accesible.

Fuselage ready for cockpit module

Fuselage ready for cockpit module: 2010-05-20

Nikon Coolpix 8400

The bottom half of the fuselage awaiting the cockpit module. The areas for bonding which need to be abraded (and those where adhesive must be kept clear) are marked with felt-tip pen.

Mix & apply Redux

Mix & apply Redux: 2010-05-20

Nikon Coolpix 8400

Ian in the foreground mixing batches of Redux (Araldite 420); Harry, Mike & Peter spreading it onto the bonding areas in the fuselage bottom half.

Cockpit module bonded

Cockpit module bonded: 2010-05-20

Nikon Coolpix 8400

Late afternoon sun on the cockpit module, now bonded in after quite a busy time with abrading, mixing, spreading, and clamping (with clecos and pop-rivets).

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