September 2018

16-03/04 Left Wing Top Skins & Nutplates

I shimmed and clamped the left wing spar to the bench as before to ensure the structure was a true as possible before clecoing on the wing skins, using the laser level and digital level…


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…


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…