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…



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…


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…