Rinse, repeat, right spar complete

Match drilled the J channel to the spar.

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Machine countersunk the nutplate attach holes.

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Riveted in the nutplates

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Countersunk the screw holes.

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Machine countersunk all the skin attach holes.

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Riveted in the nutplates at the tip end of the spar.

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Riveted the doubler to the spar and installed the tank attach nutplates.

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Final drilled, deburred, scuffed and primed the aileron bell crank brackets

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Installed and torqued the aileron bell crank brackets.

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Right spar done!

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Today’s Time (hours): 4.5
Wing Time (hours): 21.5
Total Time (hours): 232.5

 

Left spar complete

Riveted the spar to the doubler with the 5 AN470 rivets using the squeezer. Then shot the tank attach nutplates using the gun.

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Final drilled and deburred the left aileron brackets.

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Scuffed and primed the aileron brackets with rattle can.

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Installed and torqued the aileron brackets to the spar.

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Put up the left spar and moved the right spar to the bench. Hopefully I’ll get that one knocked out tomorrow.

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Today’s Time (hours): 1.0
Wing Time (hours): 17.0
Total Time (hours): 228.0

 

Countersunk ALL the holes

Countersunk the tank attach screw holes.

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Installed the inspection plate nut plates and countersunk the screw holes.

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Countersunk all the skin attach holes.

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Installed the snap bushings and the the four nutplates at the tip end of the spar.

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Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Wing Time (hours): 16.0
Total Time (hours): 227.0

 

Started the wing build

Cut the J channel to the specified lengths with the Dremel tool and a cutoff wheel.

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Clamped the J channel to flange leaving it 1/16″ proud of the flange.

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Drilled and clecoed the J channel.

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Flipped the lower J channel to the upper flange to finish the holes where the nut plates were on the lower flange. I marked the J channel and set aside for later when the skins go on.

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Wing Time (hours): 12.0
Total Time (hours): 223.0

 

Got Organized

Sorted all the rivets and hardware from the bags they arrived in into the parts organizers I picked up. Used the Dymo Rhino to label everything.

 

Added the wing and options plans to the plans binder.

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Rearranged the shop and re-covered the work benches with new paper.

 

Unwrapped the spars and put them up on the work benches.

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Ready to build!

Today’s Time (hours): 4.0
Wing Time (hours): 10.0
Total Time (hours): 221.0

 

Completed Inventory

I completed the inventory with all the small parts and bags of hardware and rivets. I was missing two items: FL-1006, a bundle of 4 doublers for the flaps, and Bag 3010-1. I did however receive two bags 3011-1. So I’m guessing there was a picking error since the items extra item number was consecutive to the missing one. The FL-1006 bundle was part of a sub-kit. All the other parts were in the sub-kit except for that one. I emailed Van’s. I’m sure they’ll send those items right along.

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Met up with the gang at the EAA Chapter 268 meeting out at PUJ this morning and then did some flying with Jared in his RV-14A. We flew up to GMU for lunch with Adam and Ryan, a couple of nice young guys working on their ratings at PDK. Here’s an air to air pic of them in their school’s arrow on the way back to PDK.

Thanks for the stick time, Jared!

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Today’s Time (hours): 3.0
Wing Time (hours): 6.0
Total Time (hours): 217.0