Thursday, September 19, 2013

Prepping right wing ribs begins!  Smooth out the rough edges of the lightening holes...when you will stick your arms through here to buck rivets, you'll be glad you did!
The nutplates are on!

Riveting on the nutplates to the spar flanges.  These will hold on the fuel tank.

Squeeze!  Repeat!  Sure recipe for a sore forearm!

Aileron bell crank hinges are on.  the lower one is designed to hold an autopilot servo.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Countersinking the spar flange so the rivets lay nice and flush.
Started the right wing.  Here I am match drilling the J stiffeners.
What to do with that old Vans spar crate?  Make a stage out of it, so you can get above the work with the drill and countersink cage.  Much easier than holding that heavy drill in front of you face for a couple of hundred holes!
Left aileron bellcrank installed!

Left aileron torque tubes going together.  No,  I did not scratch the powder coating.  That's excess primer that ran out from the inside.  It cleaned up well.

Monday, September 9, 2013

My laser sight makes drilling the rivet holes for the aileron to bell crank pushrod easy.

The Aileron is on!

No more rivets to add!!!

The builder is happy to have the bottom skins done on the Left wing.

It's amazing how far you can reach to buck a  rivet if you have to.

I bucked and riveted every rivet in the lower skins myself!

My arms look like I went a few rounds with a Pit Bull after bucking these rivets.