I started on the Landing gear box (commonly called the landing gear towers) assemblies this morning. These are where the landing gear attach to the fuselage and they are heavy duty!! This is a unique feature on the RV-8. Most RVs (RV-3, RV-4, RV-6, RV-7) all use whittman style tubular gear that attach to the engine mount and trail back.
Good progress today! It's fun watching big pieces come together.
Last night I fluted fore and aft bulkhead that frame the gear towers at the coffee table (flat glass was perfect for straightening the parts with the fluting pliars) so I added that time to this session (:10minutes)
-Separated the applicable parts that stamped as one piece and deburred and finished per the plans.
-Cleco'd all of the parts that make up the tower (left and right)
-Match-drilled per the plans all of the #30 holes, 3/16 holes (#12), and #40 holes.
-Machine Countersunk one rivet hole on the aft bulkhead to accomodate another part that will attach to the back of the gear towers.
These are all of the pieces that make up the gear towers (right and left).
Here are both towers cleco'd together and I'm match-drilling the holes per the plans.
This is what the look like in the airplane. Your leg go between on the way to the rudder pedals