"Actually, there is a reason for the apparent death of clecos------- Just as it has been noted that coat hangers left undisturbed in a dark closet will mate and multiply, and their progeny will mate and multiply, etc., clecos are known to be intensely hostile to each other, no matter what their size (breed). What happens is that, when left undisturbed in a dark shop overnight, they attack each other, killing each other off at sometimes hideous rates. Also, being intelligent creatures, they hide the bodies of their erstwhile compatriots, generally where they will never be found. That is why you never have as many clecos as you had..........."
Paul Rodriguez 601XL-Corvair
Truer words of wisdom have never been spoken, as I started the morning I realized that I would not be able to continue very far until I recouped some clecos. The bodies of the fallen can not be found, I believe that cannibalism is involved.
Top Skin half done. I am of the old school and still use Zinc Chromate. It's not a debate just a preference.
Once the top fuselage was riveted I was able to move on to the forward fuselage, having a major section assembled is a great feeling. The forward fuselage went together very quickly, with reference to the plans and all the match hole drilling done, I found that once again I did not use any measuring device, just a sharpie, drill and clecos.
One tool I have in the shop that I have found a great many uses for is an extended drill bit. I have a #20 bit that is 10 inches long and it has allowed me access to areas on this project that would have been more difficult to do otherwise. Once again with the new kits you will have photo manuals and HomebuiltHELP video's to choose from and with the proper order of assembly you may not need the long drill bit. But I would not be caught without one.
Below is a picture of how my 701 is getting painted. I want a similar theme for the 750 but have run into a brick wall on designs.