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    Latest photo of progress on the hinge blocks.

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    I received the hinges from my dad.

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    In case you are wondering, they weigh about 8.5 ounces each.

    The hole in the cutout will be threaded for a bolt that will be run through the rear spar.

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    First wing pretty much done with exception of root rib and leading edge sheet:

    (now it won't fit in my rigging jig)

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    Second lower wing coming along:

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    Forming spar end for tip bow

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    Getting help from Rosie the Riveter

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    Both lower wings framed up pending leading edge sheeting

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    Modifications were required to the rigging frames after trailing edges were added:

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    After several hours fiddling, the first of 6 leading edge sheets is attached.

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    I see you went with the kit sheets of 6161-T6....and I am humbled by your work.

    I made a complete mess of them and just bit the bullet and bought some T6 leading edge material....and thankfully my covering job concealed most of my buggering it up.
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    I have to admit that when I actually worked for a living, I installed air conditioning so I have a fair bit of experience with sheet metal. However, that was steel and did not usually require the finesse the thin aluminum does.
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    Due to problems forming the sheet around the leading edge, and not being pleased with the sheet anyway, I scrapped that plan and started with false ribs.

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    My son Rob was in for a few days and helped out forming, drilling and riveting.

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    We got most of the false ribs on one lower wing.

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    Unfortunately, due to drilling 20 holes in the leading edge of the other lower wing, I have to change out that leading edge tube. A major rebuild of the wing structure.

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    Ooooh, she's starting to really come together!
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    I made the trip to Aircraft Spruce to pick up the 11' tube for the replacement leading edge, then removed the one I drilled full of holes.

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    I needed to match the angle of the root cut for dihedral and sweep, so I made a pattern of the old tube.

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    After marking the new tube, I cut it with an angle grinder with cut off wheel.

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    With the root end at the correct angle, I carefully measured the location for the compression strut bolt holes and rivet locations for the rib attach plates.


    All fit together with clecos.

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    I took it apart, primed the areas where parts connect then reassembled and riveted it together. This evening I reattached the internal cables.

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    Now I am officially where I was with this wing a month ago.

    Time to start forming false ribs.

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