Sunday February 27th, 2005|
Finished Left Aileron
Today I went out to work on the left aileron. These ailerons are fairly simple. Above you see the main spar and the nose skin along with the counterbalance pipe in there.
The plans tell you to weight the aileron down ona flat work surface so that you don't develop any twist while riveting it. I used my homemade bending brake. It worked well.
A bunch of rivets and several bolts later you have a finished aileron. I temporarily mounted it on the wing to check for fit. There are a couple of clearance issues on this aileron that I don't have on the other one. The problem is the outboard bracket wants to hit the shop head on the aileron mounting bracket..and inboard I have a similar issue with hitting a rivet. I think I can solve this with shimming, etc. but I won't do this until the flaps are done.
How about a another picture???
Then I went on to the flaps. Here's the skeleton of the left flap clecoed together. I got tired really quickly and decided to come in so that I can rest for next week at work...which should be a little crazy.
My fuselage kit should be on the back of a truck somewhere between Oregon and Atlanta. I'm trying my best to finish up the wing kit (at least the metal work) before the fuselage arrives. Let's see if I make it. I still haven't heard anything from Van's or the shipping company yet...