Friday, November 28, 2008

wings and things

11 hours

Lots of great progress today.  After a late start to pick up some more 988 primer I made my way to the shop.

Finished preparing the ribs for the left wing then tackled the re-skinning of the right elevator... it is now finished.  The leading edge is really a bugger, after bending and bending with a pipe and vise grip I was finally able to achieve a satisfactory result.

now that is an airplane part!  the scale does not come across in the photo.

initial fitting into a wing stand
formed rib prior to squaring and fluting the flange...
after squaring and fluting the flange 
For a change I spent some time working on finishing up the elevator skins...

back riveting the elevator skins... again...
re-finishing up with the elevator skins
bending the leading edge closure 
right elevator... DONE
the leading edge bend and joint came out very nice
Back to the wings, I used some Lowe's quality aluminum angle (non-aircraft radius on the angles) to hold the main spar for each of the two wing stands.

fitting up some angle for holding the wing on the wing stand during construction
ready for a wing ;)
the outboard side will be bolted directly to the angle on the stand 
getting oriented to the layout and function of my wing stand
For fitting and drilling the spar will need to be leveled up to remove the sag from the weight of the structure.

outboard end secured to the wing stand