17-02 Leading Edge Cradles

I’ve been distracted the last couple of days due to our shower springing a leak … had to resort to some DIY! But I did find an hour to make the cradles for the wing…

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16-04 Machine Countersinking & Nutplates

Rather than rivet on the nut plates and then machine countersink, I decided to use the technique I had used to install the wing spar nut plates So I used the same tool I had…


16-04 Stiffeners and Outboard Aileron Bracket

The long wing stiffener is attached first, and then the short one. Vans word this … “Place the wing box J-stiffener – long on top of the J-stiffener – short.” They are correct of course,…


16-03 Riveting R Wing Top Skins

Having applied JC5A to all the mating surfaces, I clecoed on the R Top Skins. Lots of clecoes, but it felt good to start assembling the wing : ) Vans suggest that you use a…


16-03 Preparation for Riveting Top Skins

As I’ve mentioned previously, the spars are flexible with no skins attached, and Vans do stipulate that they should be clamped to a work bench, shimming as required. They don’t actually say to make sure…


16 – Top Skins Primed

After a 3 hour scuffing & degreasing session, it was time to prime the top skins, stiffeners and doublers. I decided to support the skins vertically to allow easier spraying. All done, so when the…




15-04 Wing Rear Spars Finished!

Inner Aileron Bracket Attachment – SB 16-03-28 I worked on the L & R spars at the same time, so once set for a given rivet size & location, the squeezer could be used for…


15-02 Riveting Aileron Brackets

Outboard Aileron Brackets Before the outboard aileron brackets can be riveted together, the bearings COM-3-5 have to be inserted into the W-1013A’s.  As advised in the manual, I used 7/16″ and 9/16″ sockets to press…