I was talking to along time friend the other day who I hadn't spoken to in a long time. Like me he is a huge aviation buff and we know each other from our time with the OPP.
Inevitably, the topic of my build came up and I mentioned this blog which reminded me that I need to stay on top of keeping it current, especially if I'm suggesting others read it! The last installment was the culmination of my trip to the Zenith weekend - with that documented I can move on.
Lots of progress to report on the 701 wing repair and extension. The pictures are limited and maybe slightly out of order, but the captions will explain what is going on. This took place over several trips to the shop and a lot of head scratching over the past couple of weeks!
Skin back in place and pilot drilled. The fit over the flap pick up is real clean and tight. The new skin showing over the fuel tank bay is a replaceable panel. We'll be mounting it using riv-nuts (more on this later) that will allow future servicing of the fuel tank should the need ever arise. You can sort of make out the gentle folds that go corner to corner to help rigidity of the panel as there isn't much room underneath for structure between the panel and the tank. The panel edges also are bent slightly down to help tighten the panel against the surrounding wing skin when it's installed. Again, I'll try and get some more pictures when we get ready to install this.
Overall, very happy with the progress on this wing. Next up will be the nose and new root skins. These too will need slots cut in them for the slat attach brackets. With the extension, we'll actually be using two sheets as the wing is now wider than an standard sheet of aluminum.
Still some work to do, but excellent progress - very happy.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more in the coming days.
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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.