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[May 11, 2007]


I am glad that I stopped when I did last night, because tonight I was able to get the left longeron bent in no time. I double check the bend, I clamped the two longerons together. It was amazing how close they were. A 32nd here and there, but dead on for the most part.


Next was drilling the aft canopy decks to the longerons. They overhang the outboard end of the longeron by 0.032". To simulate this, I found some 032 trim leftover from the wing kit.


Then the deck was clamped on.


Another shot for whatever it is worth. Perhaps this one shows my excellent alignment.


Next was drilling the holes for the aft canopy deck. This was a nice vacation from longeron bending.


Next was onto the downward bend. I got smart here and clamped the longeron down to the vice, vertically, in order to keep things more solid. This really made a big difference for me. I got the bend within 1/8" shy of the side skin (You can use the side skin as a template), and then after some more adjustment, I bent it a little too much. Instead of futzing with it some more, I am calling it a night. I think that taking a lot of breaks on these longerons is the way to go.

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