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Alright, with all the excitement of getting the flap on the wing, I decided that I might as well continue with the flap hinge.
Currently, the flap hinge pin hangs out 2 feet on the inboard side of the wing, so let’s get that thing cut down to a reasonable size.
I’m following the method of cutting some hinge eyelets from the middle of the wing/flap and attaching two halves of the hinge pin in the middle. At the end of the last session, I had marked the middle eyelets.
Here's me unbending the two middle eyelst on the wing so I can cut them off.
Where's my file?
Can’t find it. I’ll have to clean those up later.
I cut the hinge pin in half and 90° bent them.
OMG, more toes!
With some careful measuring, cutting, and bending, I got one of the halves right where I wanted it.
Like a glove.
Then matched the other side to that.
Like some other builder’s, I’m going to use the hinge eyelet method of securing the hinge pins.
During this whole process, I kept thinking how easy it would be to drill a single hole in the flap brace and just safety-wire these two hinge pins in, but I couldn’t bring myself to not finish with the original plan. More later.
Two of my hinge eyelets from scrap.
The hardware I’m going to use.
I'm using the 2-lug, MS2169106 (I think that's right) and the AN507-6R6 screws.
There's a nutplate under there.
The two eyelets are not countersunk or dimpled. I'll eventually need to replace this countersunk head screw with a panhead.
After getting the hinge pins secure, I checked out the outside.
Yikes. I'll definitely need to clean those up.
2.0 hours. Really? That was 2 hours? I couldn’t believe it. Maybe I fell asleep or something. I have a visitor coming this weekend, so maybe I’ll try to prep some flap parts before then so we can bang some rivets while he’s here.
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