Good productive Saturday in the shop.
Finished fitting the upper root skin to the wing. As this is the second one of these I have to do, I knew what it should look like when it was done and the easiest way to get there.
The root skin it attached at the rear channel first. I used some tape to hold it down at the main spar so I could scribe a line where the tank rib doubler strip and root rib lines are:
Working from the rear channel forward., A3 holes/clecos following the scribed lines:
A3 the up-sized to A4. The reflection of the shop lights make this skin look crinkled, but it curved out really smooth and I'm very happy with how it looks:
Next was pilot drilling the root skin doubler as it extends over the first nose rib. I wish the root skin doubler on my right wing turned out this nice, but that's the value of experience.
Disassembled the rear channel for debur and prime:
Once the primer was dry, I reassembled the rear channel and attached it to the wing. Measuring everything up to ensure the wing remains square is an important step:
On the right wing, I did the bulk of the riveting of the rear channel off of the wing skeleton. This time I decided it would be better to do it all on the wing in position - this too was a better way to do it.
The centre section where the two rear channels meet is also where the rear strut pick-up is located. I didn't rivet here yet because I want to fit the lower skins and trailing edges first.
Another good Saturday done, 7 hours total added to the tally board.
Next up, nose rib debur, prime and rivet - then the wing can be flipped over to work on the lower skins.
Thanks for following along, more to come.
Another quick update. I promised a Sunday update, here it is 1145pm as I furiously type away.
Outboard top skin, now in place including the skin stiffener L's:
Fit up the inboard top skin (fuel tank bay cover):
Wing root strip, installed and drilled to fuel tank rib:
Wing root strip fluted to create the rounding over the nose rib:
Upper root skin, cut to size and fit up underway:
Another productive week in the shop. I've updated the completed features graphic, but it's deceiving. Only the upper surface of the left wing is done, this pic makes it look like both wings are done. Notice the left wing is missing the trailing edge and root nose skin. Details keenly captured by MS Paint. LOL
More to come, stay tuned :)
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Husband, father and 911 dispatcher. Long time pilot with a licence that burns a hole in my pocket where my student loan money used to be. First time aircraft builder. Looking to fly my own airplane.