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Front floor and insulation progress

I have finally moved forward and begun putting the front floor together, testing with both layers:

And then added the foam insulation through the floor of the center fuselage:

I was debating whether to bother with the foam, since it is listed as "sound insulation" on the parts list, and modern headsets do a pretty good job of that already. It turns out however that this product is primarily a fireproof barrier, so good safety-wise, and also acts as a decent thermal insulator. So, in it goes!

Finally some progress with the main spar carry-through

After an inevitable slow down during the gorgeous summer months, I had to deal some health issues, which means that progress ground to a near stop for several months.

In the past couple of weeks I have finally managed to get back into it.

I had some troubles with the main spar which caused some frustrations. Although the holes I think were all in the right place, the main spar has a spring to it, which means that even when fully clecoed in, things weren't aligned quite right.

So when I checked the gap where the main spars will fit, nothing was right! AND the holes had been matched drilled and enlarged incorrectly, uh oh.

It turns out the best practice is to put a precise and correct spacer where the main spar would go, and to then secure the main spar accordingly. Of course, the manual does NOT mention any of this.

Then I needed to fix those holes. That wasn't too bad. After checking with the factory, I could oversize to 1/4 inch, which is the size of the hole where the shop h…