March 16, 2016 - Final Weld Forward Fuselage

Now that the entire fuselage was tack-welded, I was ready to remove it from the jig and final weld it.  But I hadn't final-welded in awhile and wanted to practice.  So I made this cube out of 7/8" tubing and practiced welding.
I was pleased with the weld quality.  I've come a long way from my first efforts!
Then it was time for the real thing.  Per the EAA books, I started at the front, and welded a frame at a time.
I would weld all four corners -- the areas I could get to -- then let the welds cool to hand-touch, then rotate the fuse and weld all four corners again.  Cool, rotate, weld, and so on.  It took about one and a half hours per frame.
A close-up of one of my joints.
Final welding in progress.
And, it's done.   Forward area.  Fuse is upside down.
Aft area.
Looking aft.