Week 28 - 4 June
1. Install top starboard sheeting to match port side
2. Install ribs R1 in center section
3. Add tri stock to base of R1
4. Install leading edge at center (port r3 to r1, starboard r1 to
5. Port & starboard side add 1 sheet of sheeting starting at
Rick is on vacation with his family this week, so that leaves Greg &
myself to carry on. Stated above is what we got accomplished
tonight. Sure makes the wing look different. Originally we
were not going to put sheeting on the leading edge until the nacelles were
installed. Upon further consideration, we decided that the leading
edge should be shaped before installing the nacelles, therefore we will
install one sheet top and bottom to facilitate the shaping of the leading
1 Install center section dowel pin reinforcement
balsa blocks and ply.
2 Outboard port & starboard panels, smooth bottom for
3 Center section install bottom front sheeting next to leading edge.
4 Outboard port & starboard panels, install hardwood blocks on
5 Outboard port & starboard panels, install 1 sheet of sheeting
existing front sheet on bottom side.
6 Rough shape all leading edges.
We were all here tonight to work. Above you can see the short
version of what was accomplished tonight. We spent about 9 man hours
doing the working part tonight. When done we weighed the wing
assembly again. The weight was 9-1/2lbs with wing tubes but without
the wing tips. Just for fun we threw on the nacelle parts, wing
sheeting, tips and misc. needed to complete the basic wing structure.
The scales went real close to 15lbs.
We next spent about 4-1/2 man hours discussing, arguing and contemplating
the hinging and controlling of the flaps and ailerons. The
rudder and elevator surfaces are thicker and we believe there will be no
problem hiding the control linkages for these. The flaps and
ailerons, however are much thinner and we are not agreeing on using
external control horns or trying to hide these control linkages as well.
We finally agreed to do some research this week to see what others
have done. Maybe it will be line of what we are thinking or maybe we
will learn something new.
-- Gary Himes