PT-20 Build – The Fuselage

Posted on March 31, 2013 by John

Fuselage Right 3/4

Fuselage Right 3/4

Construction of the fuselage has been straight forward for the most part. The only things that presented difficulties were the aforementioned warped parts (which I cut replacements for) that needed to be sanded and shaped a bit to get a good fit. The instructions ask that you drill 3/16″ holes in some of the bulkheads/formers so that they can have the pushrod guide tubes passed through them.

Pushrod guide tubes

Pushrod guide tubes

Some of these bulkheads were plywood and were easy to drill the holes in, some of them, however, were balsa and did not take a drill bit very well. As a result, one of these broke and I ended up cutting a replacement from plywood – just to save the grief of breaking another one.

Bottom view of Fuselage

Bottom view of Fuselage

Fuselage Interior & Servo Tray

Fuselage Interior & Servo Tray

So far, I am pleased with the resultsĀ  and have just a few more items to complete on the fuselage before moving on to the wing assembly. This project is moving along well and I will be posting the wing build and photos soon.