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Old 09-27-2019, 09:49 AM
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Vince, when I built the TF 182 I didn't care for the way the hinge are of the wing came out for the ailerons and made fiberglass sockets for the area. Are you going to do something similar?
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Old 09-28-2019, 08:16 AM
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Ready to install the second sheet, but I first needed to apply the last coat of epoxy paint to the retract wheel wells. Soon as it dries I'll glue the panel in.




This second sheet is going to be a bit of a tease to install. Not wanting to to do it in smaller pieces, I decided to do it in one piece.



Some careful measuring and cutting. let's see if it fits...
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:31 AM
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Here's the the finished sheet, it took me a fair amount of time to carefully measure and cut out.




I think with a bit of tweaking here and there it will be good.




I am so glad that I spent the time previously to box in the wheel well, it really does give the top sheeting the much needed support.























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Old 09-29-2019, 04:29 PM
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Sheeting is coming along. The hard part is now over. Measuring and cutting around the retracts and hatch covers proved to be formidable and time consuming. It's done and more importantly, it fits!








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Old 09-29-2019, 08:15 PM
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Textbook perfect sheeting!
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Old 09-30-2019, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Textbook perfect sheeting!
Thanks Mike, it was a bit bittersweet covering up the "bones". Early mornings, I would find myself admiring the beauty of the structure.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:30 AM
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Don't we all!
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Look at all that beautiful wood!
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A work of art!
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
A work of art!
Thanks Mike, very kind of you...
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:40 PM
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Removal of the flap Part 1

I won't pretend that removing the flap from the wing was easy for me because it wasn't. I couldn't wrap my head around the best method to accomplish this task. I like to have a full plan in place before I start. Studying the building plans more gave me the confidence on how to proceed.

Normally the margin of space between the wing's trailing edge and the flaps leading edge is where a straight cut is made, very simple. In this case however, the sheeting on the top of the wing's trailing edge extends beyond its edge while the bottom is flush leaving a curved pocket for the flap to sit into. Follow along and you'll see what I'm talking about...





I laid out the cut marks on the top surface of the wing's sheeting using a ball point pen. I have a spare saw blade from a retired saw that I will use to cut the flap free.




Marks were also extended to the sides of each rib on the back side.




After cutting approximately half of the flap free, I used a few pieces of blue painter's tape to stabilize the flap to the wing before finishing the cut. This helped hold the flap in place and stopped it from shifting out of place before getting to the end.

Note- I'm intentionally cutting to the right of the blue pen line. The pen line is the exact point I want the end of sheeting to be. Sanding to the line will give me more precise control...





Success, the flap is now free!

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Old 10-07-2019, 11:05 AM
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Awesome cutting technique Vincent. I will post some pictures of my A-Ray wing once i get to this area! I ve been so busy at work and some days Ive worked 15 hour days for a week or more!
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mkjohnston View Post
Awesome cutting technique Vincent. I will post some pictures of my A-Ray wing once i get to this area! I ve been so busy at work and some days Ive worked 15 hour days for a week or more!
take care
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Thanks Mike, you need to take some time off my friend. There is a quote that says "If you do not take time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness". Take the time Mike and looking forward to seeing those pictures...

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Part #2 Flaps




To radius each rib stub on the top portion of the flap recess I made a simple plywood template. This will duplicate consistency in shape and size on each rib stub. Note the small chamfer on the right corner, this is to allow for any left over glue (from some sloppy builder ) that would otherwise prevent the template from fully seating.




Template is in position, use a pencil and mark the radius on each rib stub.




Template has done its job, each stub is uniformly marked.




I'm using my Dremel tool to grind away the lions share of what's needed to be removed. I absolutely love my Dremel, it is a must have tool for every builder...




I wrapped sandpaper around a deep socket and sand to the pencil line.




Tedious work, but the sanding on this one's done... Stay tuned for Part 3.

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Old 10-08-2019, 04:56 PM
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Part #3 Flaps





After shaping the rib stubs, the flap pocket was technically complete as far as the plans went. I thought I could improve on the appearance of the pocket, so I decided to go one step farther and skin the pocket with 1/32" balsa.




Knowing how thin this skin was, I decided to keep the cap on my trusty Titebond glue bottle shut and opt for using epoxy instead. The reasoning behind this decision was because the water based Titebond glue would have surely warped the thin balsa sheet. Epoxy was the right choice...




One flap pocket complete, time for the other side!

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Old 10-08-2019, 07:19 PM
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I made fiberglass pockets for my flaps but I like the way your's look.
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:52 AM
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With the flap pockets completed, I decided that I can't cut the ailerons free quite yet until I carve and glue in place the wing tips. Of course the wing tips can't be done until I sand the wing's leading edge to shape... So I guess it's time to tackle the LE! (There is a ton of work that has gone into this wing to get it to where it is now and still quite a bit left to do. Will it ever end???)





Both flap pockets are done!








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I,m interested in seeing how you attack LE shaping and compare to my own technique. I can't wait to see this next step!

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Old 10-10-2019, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
I,m interested in seeing how you attack LE shaping and compare to my own technique. I can't wait to see this next step!

Mike
Because this wings thickness tapers, I was limited as how to best make a jig that would contour the leading edge Mike. I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you because I used my straight aluminum sanding bars and just did it by eye...I would however like to see your method. I may be an old dog, but I can still learn some new tricks!
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:25 PM
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I rough in with a razor plane and then break out the sanding bars like you do. It seems most of what I build has a tapered leading edge.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:31 PM
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One side is done, and so am I for this evening. I inhaled my night's quota of balsa dust!





This is a "before" photo of the LE.




I am going to try and duplicate the wing's leading edge curve as shown on the plan by just sanding by hand and by eye...




I think I duplicated it pretty closely!























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Looks perfect!
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