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…

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22-05 Drilling the Aileron Counterbalance

The nose ribs, spar and nose skin are clecoed together whilst positioning the stainless steel counterbalance in position. I found that Vans had supplied the tube already cut to the required length, so that saved…



21-08 Clecoing Flap Nose & Top Skins

After coating the faying surfaces with JC5, a nice little job clecoing on the nose skin … … followed by the top skin, which slips between the nose skin & spar. Twist?? I decided to…


21-07/08 Flap Sub Structure

After all the preparation it was finally time to actually start assembling the flaps. I attached the Doublers & Nutplates to the Inboard Rod assembles first. I was able to use the squeezer for riveting…


21-06 Priming Flap Parts

Etch Primer After scuffing and degreasing I got the acid etch primer sprayed … basically a day’s work! As luck would have it, we are having unusually warm weather here in the UK … 15ºC…


21-06 Dimpling

As always, lots of dimples. I gently scuffed the holes prior to dimpling ready for priming … I find it easier to do at this stage. But you have to remember it’s probably normally a…


First Class Customer Service by Vans!

Well I did decide to order another FL-1007-R Flap Hinge … I couldn’t face seeing my little goof every walk round! Even if it was strong enough with an oversized hole : ) But I…


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…