So I mentioned yesterday that I was going to discuss my progress this weekend on the wings so here we go. Yesterday before the awesome day of flying I was able to get the leading edge sections of the main wings assembled, cleco'd and put on the main wing spars. I ran into a problem where I was not able to get the holes to line up on the top side of the ribs no matter how hard I pressed down with my hands. So, I created a nice little 2x4 molded to the same curvature of the leading edge and then used it with a clamp to press the rib down enough to get some cleco's in. It worked out nicely.
Unfortunately I did run out of cleco's today. So I posted on one of the EAA Facebook pages and a very nice fellow RV builder sold me a bag of 100 for $20. A great deal for me! Thanks Russ.
|My clamping jib that allowed me to get the cleco's into the ribs.|
|And here they are, the leading edges cleco'd to the main wing. The area that is still open is my next task. The fuel tanks will sit here. |
|This is another little contraption that I created. This is a wood workers marking gauge that I created a little aluminum pen holder. This allows me to mark a line parallel with any edge I like at any distance I like. This came in very handy today and I'm sure will many times in the future.|
|Amy took a picture of my wearing my cleco bibs and dressing the edge of the aluminum skin. That skin needs to be smooth so I don't cut myself.|