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Break time is over! Back to work!

August 7, 2011

Ok, I guess this heat isn’t just a passing phase.  I guess it’s here to stay….for awhile.  Oshkosh is over, vacation is over, so it’s time to do some work on the plane.

Time to work on the rear spar of the wings.  There is nothing here that we haven’t seen before.  The rear spar, as it’s name implies, is the structural member that ties the wing ribs together at the trailing edge of the wings.  Basically all we’re doing here is the usual, drilling, dimpling, deburring, washing, priming, assembling.  Easy, right?  The magic of the blog allows me to show you the progress in mere seconds.  In realtime it took me two days to do all that stuff to two spars.

Here is the rear spar. 560 holes to drill, deburr and dimple in both spars.

Various doublers, reinforcing plates etc. See those plates with the big holes in them. I had to cut that out.

Cutting those holes was the most exciting thing I did here.  I just copied the hole shape to the stiffener and used my uni-bit drill bit to remove a lot of the material.  After that it was various files, sand paper and ScotchBrite pads.

Everything is washed and ready for primer.

Everything all primed and hanging to dry. That usually takes a day to get hard, but I usually start riveting before then.

Tomorrow is my first day back to work in 2-weeks.  I’d like to think I’ll have some time to work on the project, but I’m not going to bet on it.  200 some odd emails await my attention in the morning.

 

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