April 2019

22-08 to 09 Ailerons Finished

Having riveted on the Right Aileron top skin to bring it up to the same stage as the Left Aileron, the next job is the trickier job of riveting the bottom skins in place. To…



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…


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…


22-05 to 08 Counterbalance & Top Skin

Here’s a counterbalance attached to the ribs. Since this is stainless steel I did not prime the counterbalance tube, but made sure there was plenty of JC5A for corrosion protection where it touches the aluminium….



22-07 Machine Countersinking TE and Dimpling

Machine Countersinking Lots of holes to machine countersink, made easier with the little jig from Cleaveland. I machined flush plus 0.007″ as per section 5 advice. Edge Break I carefully “broke” the rear edges of the…


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…