Pilot and Navigators Fuselage section

In order to construct and transport the section being built (15 ft long, approx 6 ft high and 6 ft wide) it is being made in 3 sections. Each can be moved individually and bolted together wherever it is to be exhibited. The canopy is also detachable. The photograph shows the first two sections now nearing completion together with the front section of the canopy.

The construction is aluminium sheet, hard riveted to the aluminium formers and stringers, as in the original aircraft. There has been some reduction in the gauge of the aluminium used for the formers, as mine were hand worked over wooded patterns as opposed to the use of very large presses available at Avro's. Several thousand rivets have already been used in the construction. The set of rudder pedals, the Flight Engineers seat and the Pilots seat (all homemade) are seen in the photo and are awaiting fitting. .

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