Canopy latch

Yesterday my friend Mina came over and helped me out with some canopy latch work.

We started by fitting the rear latch to the fuselage.

This is the latch spanning the width of the fuse. We clamped it in place and then back drilled the holes through the fuselage bulkhead.

Here you can see the two bolts through the bulkhead.

While Mina was working on the latch fingers and mechanism, I spent some time on the skin cutout for the latch.

This is the cutout beginning to take shape. I’ll need to finesse it a bit more to get everything to fit perfectly.

Here’s the latch lever attached to the rear latch mechanism.

Once I finish the skin cutout I will fabricate the push rod that attaches this lever to the latch.

Canopy latch

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