In October and November, for the first time we began some assembly of the major components of the airframe. Other work on the P-47 this month centered on parts fabrication, disassembling the veteran fuselage, beginning the new fuselage, and assembling the fixed tail surfaces.
The fuselage was further disassembled in order to use the parts as patterns as we begin assembling the new fuselage in the fixture. Parts that appeared usable were inspected. With the fuselage in sections, various parts and assemblies can be accessed easily while apart or the sections can be set back together for a more overall look.
The vertical stabilizer skins were riveted on permanently this month. The horizontals skins have been permanently installed for a while now. Once both were skinned, they were assembled -the first large, identifiable Thunderbolt parts to be put together!
It is always great to see major, identifiable airplane components come together as a project progresses. This time we have the tail surfaces joined together.