Finished riveting everything to the rear spars… almost.

Finished riveting all the stuff to the spars…

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I really struggled riveting the aileron hinge brackets to the spar. Couldn’t get the squeezer in there. My rivet set wasn’t long enough to clear the bracket. So I had to use the offset rivet set. But that one is thicker and interfered with the bracket rivets. Mangled a bunch of rivets and drilled them out. Ended up mangling the bracket and bending the doubler drilling out one of them. Thankfully the spar was undamaged.

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I drilled out all the rivets and disassembled the brackets and doublers. The hinge is fine. Emailed Van’s to send me a new doubler and angle bracket.

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On the other wing I had the brilliant idea to try shooting the rivets for the hinge bracket from the other side of the spar. This worked a lot better.

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Should have replacement parts by next weekend when I get back from Florida.

Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Wing Time (hours): 65.0
Total Time (hours): 276.0

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