14 July 2002 Images
Many thanks to Jeff Henshaw, who provided the camera and took many of these images.
Click on a thumbnail for a full size version, whose file size varies from only 14 KB to 74 KB. I don't have time to edit them, but there's not a great deal I can do to improve the usual washed out bright areas and blacked out shaded areas anyway.
There's no order to the images, and for that matter the aircraft was disorganized at the time. I've been pressure washing the snake pit (climate control and water tank bay), the electronics bay, and the front landing gear tunnel bay. The snake pit is finished, but I have more to do in the other two areas. In the meantime the floor panels are scattered about or moved out of their slots to allow the tops of the beams to dry, and they're dirty from all the flying debris from the bays. But overall a lot of cleaning is being accomplished. Most of the doors were opened to facilitate drying too.
Since these were captured I've mounted the water tank and secured the water connection lines. But I need to acquire four threaded caps for connection ports that I'm not currently using, and a large O-ring for one of the two tank caps. And I need to acquire parts for the left rear lav water lines which were inappropriately removed by Aero Controls, or temporarily plug those lines. Then I should be able to connect an external water line (using an already available temporary hose adapter) and test the water system.
I inflated the right main gear strut enough to lift the right wing tip off of it's support to see if the patch beams were stout enough to handle the load. That proved successful - the wing is fully self supporting and appears to be holding it's original line (no visible bending at the cut line), and it withstood a modest amount of extra stress as I bounced up and down on the end of the wing. I'm not inclined to stress it beyond that point until it's welded, but it seems sufficiently secure to be of no concern during the landing gear pillar construction to come.
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