The second fuel tank is being prepped for install in the first wing. Confusing I know, but happy to get a few hours in the shop this weekend and tonight.
Most of the work on the second tank is done - I've fitted the centre support rib (added to the inside of both tanks) and the fuel outlet and rain outlets are already fitted. This tank install will go much quicker because most if not all of the planning, thinking and decisions are done.
First up, I added the internal rib rivet line support strip to the bottom side of the tank. This time I have the advantage that I can access the inside of the tank without having to reach through the access hole to maneuver the rib into place.
With the access available, I decided to mount, rivet and seal the rib to the bottom of the tank skin now - no point in waiting for the rest of the tank sealing. More sealant will be added as I mix more up later on.
Fuel drain installed and sealed (inside of tank view):
Fuel drain fitting, all sealed (outide of tank):
Repeated the fuel access cover install using the same template as the other wing:
Hole drilled in access cover (under the cardstocl template):
Transfered the mounting holes from the access plate to the wing skin.
Used a hole saw and Dremmel tool to cu the access hole then mount the access cover via Tinnerman clips (just like the other wing):
Drilled out the drain plug hole in the lower wing skin and the fuel outlet pass-through hole in the tank bay rib.
Fairly short update and not a lot of pictures to share. Like I stated above, most all the thinking and planning from the first wing tank has been done, just got to apply the same process. So far, so good :)
More to come.
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