But MYRO’s repair work is now more or less all over bar the shouting! The main job today was to get the fuselage rear cover back on, so that’s what I started with. It turned out to be an incredibly tricky and time-consuming job because I didn’t know how to approach it and it took several false starts and several metres of wasted nylon cord before I got it about right. But although it took me most of the day, I got there in the end and was happy with the way the job turned out. The cover ended up nice and taught without being over-tight and parts of it in the cabin door openings ended up better than they were to begin with.

Today turned out to be a new record for the highest recorded temperature in October at 29.9C (85.8F) in Gravesend – which, of course, is more or less where I am doing the work on MYRO! The day was very reminiscent of when I was putting the finishing touches to MYRO last time, except that was in July on the open airfield at Linton where I ended up getting a touch of sunstroke. This time it was a bit better though, because I had some shade to retreat into and during the afternoon the sun went behind a wall of the unfinished building in which I’m working. Even so, I made sure I took a large flask of iced orange squash with me, and I’m glad I did 🙂

After finishing the rear cover I also re-attached the rudder cables and was going to leave it there because by then I was very hot and tired. But I figured that if I could do the fettling and clean up of the engine that I wanted to do and also repaint the exhaust with heat resistant paint, then I’d only have a few odd jobs left to do tomorrow and once the wings were on, I might even be able to do some taxying and ground runs. So I decided to press on and although it was early evening, but still glorious, by the time I’d finished, I got the engine and exhaust work completed and even got the engine cowl re-fitted too. Here are the end-of-day pics.

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So I arrived home tired but very happy with how the day had gone and I can’t wait now to see exactly what tomorrow might bring 😉