17-05 Nutplates

Lots of nutplates to rivet. All straightforward, but needed to be careful to select and confirm the correct type! My technique for this type of nutplate attachment is to cleco them on, and prior to…



17-04/05 Lots of Dimples & two holes!

Lots of dimpling to be done, but all easy. I used the reduced diameter female dimple on the J Stiffeners … but I think a normal size one would be just OK actually. Breaking the…


Mechanical Stall Warning??

Vans have supplied the kit with two pilot holes ready for the Stall Warner Vane slot. I have asked the LAA (Light Aircraft Association, UK) whether I will be compelled to fit a mechanical stall…


17-04 LE Stiffeners

The LE Stiffeners have to be cut to length and match drilled to match the LE Skins. A line is drawn down the flange a prescribed distance from the edge. I had made a little…


17-03/04 Leading Edge Skins

Splice Strips Two Splice Strips have to be cut away from the tank skins. These strips will have nutplates attached & be riveted to the root rib of the LE’s so the tanks can fastened…


17-02/03 Leading Edge Rib Preparation

As usual a few steps in the manual involve hours of work, since there are 14 ribs to be deburred. The flanges at the rib noses need to be rounded off to reduce the tendency…



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…