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[March 2, 2007]


First off I got a new toy - a pneumatic cleco plier! Chad Jenson posted it on the VAF classifieds and I nabbed it! It should come in handy for the bottoms of the wings. For $20 (incl shipping) I couldn't say no.


Next I riveted on the aileron brace / seal/ whatever it is called. I would call this the most enjoyable part of the project I have riveted on thus far. Everything was reachable with a squeezer and no tricks. Makes the back of the wings look good too! I am going to wait until the bottom skin is primed and dimpled before I put the flap brace on.


Next I decided to work on deburring the bottom skins. Wouldn't you know it the first skin I grabbed needed the pitot tube cutout? I started with a unibit.


Then I used this nibbler I picked up from Avery Tools to make a rough cutout.


After I lot of trial and error and filing, I got a decent looking hole. The pic doesn't do it justice because it distorted it. This took about an hour of filing to get right, and even then it isn't perfect. The problem I had was the sides of the file kept on digging into the adjacent work areas. Oh well, it first great with < 1/32" gap around the tube. Plus its on the bottom! How great is that? Glad I am not making a high wing!



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