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Center fuselage forward: center console, floor, pedals.

After putting the torque tube work aside, I moved forward and took care of the floor, center console and pedals:

Not much to report here. One of the pedals had incorrectly sized holes, so I ordered a new one.

Also the plans are not clear on the part number for the firewall floor attachment bracket :

Turns out this part was in my inventory under a part number not listed on the plans: CF-BKT-029!

Also, the center console skins can go in with M3 hardware, which is what I have, even though the plans cal for M4. Apparently a change that was done at some point and never communicated.

Fitting torque tubes in center fuselage

Spent some times trying to fit the torque tubes in the center fuselage.

2 issues:

- The flap torque tube seems to fit a little tightly. It turns out the grooves in the ribs that hold this tube are not exactly perfectly lined up. So once you put the tube in fully, it's tight and doesn't move truly freely. The factory assures me that's ok. It's the flaps, which are motor actuated, so that's OK i guess.

- The rear elevator torque tube doesn't fit right at all. Turns out that's because the ribs are not aligned vertically. Unfortunately I never noticed this until now because when I assembled all of these, everything seemed to go in very nicely. I had no reason to suspect anything was wrong. That being said I should probably pay closer attention!

The factory suggests finishing up all the skins, including the sides and so on, to ensure everything is lined up and solidly put together *before* trying to put the controls in, precisely to avoid any such issues. So hop…