Well, here I go.
First thing, you are seeing some work from the last few weeks. When I got home from the long XC road trip with the RV, I had to immediately reassemble the wing cradle.
No biggie, just a few 8-foot 2x4s, and a quick redesign of the spar side support.
And yes, I splurged for four 4″ locking casters. So nice.
Anyway, given that the left wing hasn’t been started, but the skeleton and skins are clecoed together for transport, I knew I needed somewhere to store some skins once they come back off the skeleton.
So, I ripped some 12″ pieces of 8-foot long oak paneling I had laying around, and screwed them to the long support on the bottom of the cradle.
I ripped a 2×4 in half (because I’m cheap) and screwed it into the top support.
Now that I have some skin storage, let’s find something to store!
The interim owner of the kit (Jim) had purchased some replacement rudder skins (remember this?) but never opened them. After opening the package, I foudn two brand-spanking-new skins.
So, here they are now, in my new skin-storage area.
Okay, now. Let’s get some actual building going on.
(Well, not building, but un-building.)
Remember this post?
So, I dug out some #40 drill bits, and started drilling.
After drilling out some left-skin-to-spar rivets and the bottom rib rivets, I attacked the upper left stiffener.
It was 25 rivets for the spar, 20 for the bottom rib, and 11 for the upper stiffener.
56 rivets drilled out, and a whole lot more to go.
(for the record, it took my overall average from 4.28% to 5.19% of rivets drilled out. That’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. (I’ll need to set about 1000 more rivets before the average returns back to below 4.28%. Sigh.)