14-02 Wing Rib Prep Complete!

Well steps 2 & 3 are at last finished. The steps, shown below, are the most time consuming so far in the build, at least 20hrs! Simple process, but done 28 times : ) And…


Halfway through Wing Rib Prep!!

Back from work this morning, so after a snooze because of a night out of bed, I pressed on with preparing some more ribs. 14 now complete, so halfway.​ The ribs with XXXX-L name have…


14-02 Wing Rib Preparation

So begins the long job of preparing the wing ribs. I have completed 12 of 28 so far, and it takes me about 40 mins per rib. First of all I remove the jagged saw…


Wing Spars Finished 13-05

Once the nutplates on the spar flanges have been rivetted there are just a few more to attach to the spar web at the root & tip. The two nearest the tip are easy to…


13-03 Nutplate Extravaganza

Since there are lots of nutplates, I needed an efficient system to secure them in the correct place for riveting. In the end what worked best for me was the following: Position all rivets along…


Countersink Priming 13-03

Rather than spot prime as suggested by Vans, I couldn’t face over 1000 holes! I decided to prime the top of the spar flanges … although a bit of work setting up to spray etc,…


13-03 Countersinking

There are a LOT of holes to countersink in the spars, I couldn’t face counting … but there are over 1000. You have to carefully study the manual to ensure they are machined to the…


Wings started! 13-02

Well here we go! The first job is to fabricate the W-00009A & B Wing Box J-Channels. This is accomplished by cutting them to length, clamping to the spars, and then match drilling … in…