The fuselage is built in modular sections: the rear fuselage and the forward fuselage assemblies are first built separately, and then joined together.
The rear fuselage has a basic rectangular section with a rounded top. The bottom fuselage is flat, and aesthetically rounded at the front to join the sleek fiberglass engine cowl.
The fuselage is built up in stages and requires no special assembly fixtures – it is simply built up on the flat workbench.
The fuselage bottom
Right fuselage side attached
Fuselage assembly with sides
Tail sections attached…
The top rounded fuselage bulkheads are then positioned to the lower fuselage sides and the top fuselage skin is simply wrapped around the bulkheads:
The forward fuselage section (cabin area) is build separately, and then joined to the rear fuselage section.
Zenith CH650B Forward Fuselage
Forward-Fuselage / Cabin Assembly
Zenith CH650B Panel
Click here to view a detailed drawing of the fuselage assembly.
Illustrated Parts Catalog:
Cabin Floor & Sides
Rear Top Skins
Click here to view a drawing of the nosegear assembly.
Click here to view a drawing of the brake / rudder pedal assembly.
Click here to view a schematic of the control system (pdf file).