Been a while since my last blog. I was away from home for a couple of weeks on a work road trip. Managed to squeeze in some shop time one night before I left and a whole day after I returned.
Got the rear and front jury strut attach angles fitted and drilled:
Pulled the lower wing skin out of the way to match drill the lower trailing edge to the rear channel now that it is trimmed to the correct width:
Took the protective plastic off the outboard nose skin, deburred and prepped the underside for prime:
Same for the inboard nose skin:
Final drilled the rear strut attachment, bolt and riveted onto the rear wing channel:
Deburred and rivetted the flapperon arms to the ribs:
The 3rd flapperon arm will be final riveted once the trailing edge is in place - it leaves more room to slide the inboard trailing edge skin over the rear strut pick-up, a lesson learned from the other wing:
I decided to estimate where I'll need to run the nylon tubing for the pitot-static system. I clamped it in place approximately where it will sit and discovered the wing spar is in the way!
Can you spot the issue?
I have a couple of options. I could bend the tubes outboard and then run the lines through the lightening hole in the spar web, or shorten the two tubes a bit and pass the nylong through new grommeted holes I will drill in the web. I think I like that idea better, it will give more support to both. I'll wait until the pneumatic connectors I have on order arrive to see how much to trim.
Finished off the day by deburring and priming the lower wing skins. Also deburred the lower half of the wing skeleton, spar and rear channel.
Next up, fitting the plumbing for fuel (lines/fittings on order) and the nylon tubing for the pitot-static system.
Merry Christmas everyone!!
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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.