Well, I haven’t worked on the airplane in a week. Bummer. I’m never going to finish at this rate, so I need to start getting my butt in gear and start working again.
One notable thing from this week…it got cold.
So, I fished out the space heater, and put my VORNADO up on the shelf.
Okay, let’s talk about why we’re all here…AIRPLANE BUILDING.
Previously, I had matchdrilled the flap brace, but didn’t drill any of the nutplate holes that are required to hold the rod end in place.
I disassembled the inboard rib and supporting braces from the rest of the spar/skins.
Per the instructions, I enlarged the aftmost doubler hole to 1/4″ and temporarily bolted in a nutplate.
After drilling the two #40 nutplate attach holes, deburring, and a little countersinking (only on the left, aftmost hole) you end up with this:
Next, I needed to trim down one of the angles (you can see it sticking out too far in the picture above). Here it is after trimming.
I fired up the scotchbrite wheel and got to work on those angles. After a few minutes, I ended up with a nice, smooth assembly.
With about 10 minutes left until bedtime, I decided to get the lower spar countersunk. The dimpled skin sits in these countersinks, which leaves the flap hinge unaffected underneath (well, above in absolute terms).
Just like a few other places in the kit, Vans suggests using the flap hinge as a countersink guide to make sure the holes are square.
1.0 hour of fairly boring flap work, but now I get to actually start preping stuff for priming and assembly.
STAY MOTIVATED ANDREW!