One important mental changeover is switching from a temporary assembly mode to a more permanent assembly mode. In the past, I knew that anything that I put together was going to have to come apart again. Now I’m starting to assemble some parts that will probably be together until at least the first flight. Today I assembled the control sticks, rudder pedals, and rear cargo door latch.
I used the die grinder with a scotch brite wheel to clean the paint off of the part of the cargo door pins that will go into the fuselage holes. This should help keep them from binding.
I wasn’t able to paint today, but it was nice to take a break and do some relatively easy assembly, or I guess more accurately, reassembly, since all of these parts have been together plenty of times before.