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[February 17, 2007]


I decided to take a break from working on the left wing skins to build the wing cradle. After all of this drilling/deburring/dimpling/priming/etc of aluminum, it was nice to work on a wood project. You get results really fast with wood, and precision isn't nearly as imporant than airplane building. Measure once, cut once, rip and roar.

I followed Van's suggestions somewhat. I used 3/4" plywood for the root and tip support. Some people use MDF, but in my experience, it breaks way too easy. The last thing I want is my leading edge brace to crack and my wings to go sliding off of the cradle. I used 3/4" just to spread the weight of the LE over as much material as possible.



I bought these expensive ($11 ea) locking 3" casters from the Home Depot. I have used cheap 2" casters before and they aren't worth a damn. These guys are really nice - nice rubber that actually rolls instead of being drug.


All I need now is to find someone to help me unload the right wing into the cradle!
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