The last of November and most of December was a busy time with travel to Okinawa (Kadena AB) to visit family, plus several trips with Delta. This winter has been a cold one and that makes it very difficult to work in the unheated part of my hangar.
There was quite a bit that could be accomplished in the confines of my toasty-warm shop, however. I finished fabricating the lower baggage compartment and varnishing the plywood. I braved the cold one afternoon and installed all those pieces with the brass hardware that looks period-correct (round head slotted screws). I also mounted the upper bulkhead/stringer assembly which is finally all finished.
The curved supports that fit inside the first two bays to prevent the stringers from sagging were giving me fits. I had a very hard time bending the strips of fir that I used initially. Finally, after several breaks, I decided to laminate them in place. That worked nicely. I've seen several different methods of joining these with the stringers and I've yet to decide how I'm going to do that. No hurry.