Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Winter's Tail

With an impending Texas ice storm looming outside it was time to put the tail on the MiG-23. Just roll the tail dolly up and slide it on, right? Yeah, right!

Well, getting it close was easy...

A little closer maybe not so easy. One centimeter at a time... and then check all the connectors (there's about a dozen of them) to see which one is going to hang up. Then start tightening down all the bolts, all 25 of them.

Special tool just for pushing the exhaust pipe up against the engine, very gently! And a come-along on the bottom and we're all set.

Stabilators slipped right on... that was easier than it was supposed to be!

Really starting to look like a supersonic interceptor.

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