21-10 Flaps Finished

Nice quick little job to finish off the flaps … riveting the bottom skins to the ribs. The holes have to be final drilled #33 to allow the MK-319-BS blind rivets to fit. I used…

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21-10 Flap Trailing Edges

Well having attempted to build the flaps with no twist, the next challenge is to finish them off by riveting the trailing edges together whilst keeping them perfectly straight! : ) The manual suggests keeping…


22-05 to 08 Counterbalance & Top Skin

Here’s a counterbalance attached to the ribs. Since this is stainless steel I did not prime the counterbalance tube, but made sure there was plenty of JC5A for corrosion protection where it touches the aluminium….



22-07 Machine Countersinking TE and Dimpling

Machine Countersinking Lots of holes to machine countersink, made easier with the little jig from Cleaveland. I machined flush plus 0.007″ as per section 5 advice. Edge Break I carefully “broke” the rear edges of the…


21-10 Nose Skin Blind Rivets

The rivet holes in the nose skin need final drilling with a #33 to allow a MK-319-BS rivet to fit. Interestingly, later on for the ailerons on page 22-08, Vans suggest a slightly smaller #34…



21-10 Riveting Bottom Skins

The manual suggests that you cleco the bottom skin in place and check for unwanted twist by placing a digital level on the rear side of the hinge assemblies. But I found it very hard…



21-09 Riveting Flap Nose & Top Skin

Tim helped out today with riveting the Flap Nose & Top Skins. Thinking ahead to this stage, and also later on for the fuselage, I had purchased another Tungsten Bucking Bar. This was it’s first…