21-06 Match & Final Drilling

After the Trailing Edge is clecoed in place, it’s final drilled. Vans recommend that the drilling is done at 90º to the chord line, which works out as being 84º to the skins. So I…

Read More


21-02/03 Deburring Flap Components

Here we go building the flaps! Fun to start a new section, but of course this means back to deburring. I usually try and debur parts before starting to fit them together etc, since this…


18-09 Trial Fitting Tanks to Wing

I decided to trial fit the tanks to the wings … I was anxious to make sure we had not overdone the Proseal thickness on the baffle installation. Well I need not have worried, they…


18-08 Tanks Finished!! Right Tank Baffle

The tanks are finished! No more Proseal for a while, what a shame! I say “a while”, because I’m sure I’ll need some more somewhere before the build is complete. We fitted the right rear…


18-08 Left Tank Baffle

Well, we’ve gone and done it … installed the baffle on the back of the left tank. All a bit of the unknown, since you can’t inspect much of the sealant on the inside joints…


18-07 Fuel Sender Final Fitting

When fitting the fuel senders Vans suggests you leave a 1/32″ bed of sealant under the sender flange to allow a knife access should it ever need to be removed in the future. I couldn’t…


18-06 Inboard Tank Rib Nutplates

Attaching Nutplates. Unusual for this tank marathon … a simple little job! I had made sure Proseal was not impinging on Nutplates locations … I did this by molding the sealant with a finger when…


18-06 Attach Brackets & Inboard Rib

Attach Bracket More masking to keep that Proseal under control! After smoothing out the layer of sealant on the Attach Bracket flanges, we laid down a bead on the bottom edge, so as to form…


18-05 Yet Again! Right Tank Progress

Right Tank Ribs Well, here we are trying to remain cheerful in the face of Proseal adversity! Tim is holding a pot of MEK, and I’m keeping well out of it : ) As long…