Before I get into all the airplane-building stuff tonight, I have to show you the storm that passed by yesterday. The girlfriend grabbed the camera and grabbed this shot.
Okay, enough pretty stuff.
While waiting for a good time to rivet on the right wing’s top skins, I decided to move on to something else. I guess the aileron brackets will do. After looking at the plans for a few minutes, I started pulling out parts.
Mocked up with some #30 clecos, ready for matchdrilling.
After matchdrilling and edge finishing, I reassembled them and started figuring out where these things get countersunk.
One note here. Based on many other builders’ experiences, I’ll have to come back after fabricating these and rouding off the top forward corners. They apparently don’t fit very well, and without any access to the appropriate spots on the rear spar (okay, I’m just lazy), I’m going to wait to fit check them until later.
Having watched a few other builders mess this up, I broke out the sharpie and decided I was going to be darn sure of my countersinks before starting.
Mirrored for the other side.
I retrieved my rivet container and pulled out my very first An426AD4 rivet.
A little countersinking, and…
Then I pulled everything apart (I realize this description is a little terse…there is cheese and wine waiting for me in the next room), and got to prepping for primer.
While the primer is drying, I pulled out the hardware.
Finally, I set some rivets. 7 in each bracket, to be more precise.
See the rightmost bracket? The aft edge of the piece isn’t quite flush, and Van’s is very specific that it must be. Also, one of those rivets didn’t really set quite right, so tomorrow, I’m going to go ahead and replace it.
2.0 hours. 7 rivets in each bracket, for a total of 28 rivets.