Monday, May 21, 2007

It took one hour to get the jury strut attachment ( 7v10-4SP ) points into place. The plans were a little hard to read, and the presence of predrilled holes further exacerbated the issue. A partial solution for both the front and rear was to drill the middle hole and then cleco it onto the wing. The foreward support then needed to be removed, the nose rib moved into place and then drilled to the skin in two places. Then the cleco that should hold the jury strut had to be removed, the jury strut attachment replaced and then back drilled into from the rib side.

It took four hours to rivet the remaining skeleton and bottom skin. A few A4s were accidentally put where A5s should go, so I had to drill those out.

Currently the nose skin is clecoed to the skeleton. Strapping the nose skin is always the hardest part. To complicate matters I already drilled through the pre-drilled top skin into the rib. To work around this I will drill the skin to the nose ribs first THEN slip the nose skin under the top skin, then mark where a few holes are supposed to go. I will then slip out the skin, drill those few marked holes with an A4 bit, slip the skin back under and cleco the top skin back onto the spar through those holes. Once that is done all the holes on the top skin should align with the existing holes in the spar and the nose skin can be pilot drilled. Once the nose skin is pilot drilled, I will then slip the skin out and place the nose skin over top the top skin. To help I used the edge distance tool to mark where the nose skin should reach.

Project Status:
Wings: ~80h ( 1h, 1h, 0.5h, 2.5h, 4h, 1h, 1.5h, 1h, 1.5, 4.5, 1h, 1h, 2h, 4h, 1h, 3h, 1h, 2h, .5h, 1.5h, 2h, 2h, 2h, .5h, 1h, .5h, .5h, 2h,3h, 1h, 3h, 3h, 4h, 2h, 3h, 7h, 3h, 1h, 4h )
Flaperons: ( DONE! ) 23.5 hours spent ( 3h, 1h, 1h, 1h, 1.5h, 3h, 6h, 3h, 4h, 1h )
Paint Design: 2 hours spent ( 1h, 1h )
Elevator DONE!: ~31.5 hours spent ( 3h, 1.5h, 3h, .5h, 3.5h, 2h, 4h, 1.5h, 2h, 4.5h, 1h, 6h )
Horizontal Stabilizer DONE!: ~28 hours spent, 3 pieces replaced ( 3h, 2h, 2h, 2h, .5h, 1.5h, 3.5h, 1.5h, 5, 4.5, 2h, .5h )
Rudder DONE!, minus horn : ~16 hours spent, ( ~8h, ~8h )
Total Done: ~183.5 hours

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