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    Last weekend I started forming the aileron ribs. I started with the middle rib since the metal on hand was not long enough for the longer 2 ribs. I start with the longer ones so I have a chance of salvaging the piece for a shorter one if I screw up the measurement.

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    I cut the ribs for both wings while cutting, but the other side is still pending. Hopefully the metal for the longer ribs will arrive by the weekend.

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    Continued working on the right aileron. All ribs are formed and slid on the torque tube. The inner rib was lined up with the control wishbone and riveted in place. The remaining ribs need to be lined up with the inner rib, then riveted in place.

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    I used extra aileron attachment "top hats" as stops to set the position of the torque tube. Here is the one inside the outer hinge. I set the end play movement to about 1/32" You can't see it in the photo, but the delren bushing in the hinge has a flange the stop rides against. No metal to metal.

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    Once the ribs are lined up and riveted to the torque tube, then it is on to forming the wing tip bow, then forming the ends of the spars to meet and hold the wing and aileron tip bows.

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    Aileron ribs have been permanently attached and work on the tip begun.

    First bend of tip bows. 3/4" aluminum tubing.

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    Forming mid-airfoil curve using the TLAR method of alignment.

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    Not too bad!

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    Drilling for the attachment to the leading edge.

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    Inletting the spar for the bow.

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    After annealing, the tip was squeezed to taper to the tip bow.

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    The aileron spar was subjected to the same treatment and here is the test fit.

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    Moving slow, but moving.

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    I was unable to post photos for a while, but that seems to have cleared up.

    I have completed attaching the wing tip, aileron and main trailing edge.

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    I have started the work on the root end, pilot cut out and box around the aileron control wishbone.

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    But this week has been pretty busy with work and treating my wife to Valentines dinner.

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    Progress on the root area.

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    Before fixing these parts, I needed to duplicate the pilot cut out bows.

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    I used these hi-tec forms (including the time) to make the bends.
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