Flaps

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…


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…


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…