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01/09/14 - 2.1
Gluing more cove blocks on rear spar.

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01/17/14 - 1.1
Cutting and fitting the -61 filler strip to the aft spar inbetween the ribs. Looking at my bottom wings I discovered that the previous builder had used 1/4" x 1/2" strip instead of the 1/4" x 3/8" specified in the plans. To keep my wings looking consistent, I elected to continue this error to the top wing and use the wider material.

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01/21/14 - 2.2
Glued down all the filler strips on the aft spar, using sections of paint stir sticks and the staple gun to staple them down.

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01/22/14 - 1.5
Removed the paint sticks and staples from the filler strips. At home I dug up the upper wing U2 jig and cut some sticks to make the -58 bay ribs.

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01/23/14 - 0.8
Cut filler strips for front spar to rough length.

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01/27/14 - 1.3
Made two -58 bay ribs.

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01/28/14 - 2.8
Took the ailerons down to Don's so I can rig them up to glue in the bay ribs. Started with the right aileron. It took a little time to figure out where to set the rod ends to get the desired 1/4" gap between the aileron and the cove blocks, and also then have all three hinges in alignment. Once I got it set up, I used two paint sticks to set the -58 bay rib gap at .30", cut the appropriate gap in the filler strip, then glued the bay rib in.

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01/29/14 - 1.0
Attempted to install the left aileron to repeat yestrday's routine, but just couldn't get the center hinge bolt through. After all sorts of various changes in hinge alignment etc, I eventually discovered that the center hinge block that attaches to the aileron was made incorrectly, and that the rod end hits the bottom of the hinge block when the bolt is forced through. It is important to note that the aileron hinge blocks were made by the previous builder of my wing.


01/30/14 - 0.8
After further analysis of the ALL the aileron hinge blocks big and little, and their variance of dimension, I have decided to replace it all with genuine, accurately made Kimball CNC parts.


02/01/14 - 2.1
I sorted through the aileron blocks and came up with a set that was machined all the same so I could set up the left aileron temporarily. I was amazed at how easy it was using compatible blocks. After getting the aileron set up and the gap correct, I then glued in the bay rib.

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02/04/14 - 1.8
Did the final fitting of the filler strips on the front spar, then glued about a thrid of them in.

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02/05/14 - 1.5
Finished gluing the rest of the filler strips on the front spar.

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02/06/14 - 1.6
Trimmed the -59 bay rib sheeting for both bay rib areas. Glued them in and used narrow strips of paint sticks to staple the skins on the ribs. Afterwards I spent some time prying up the paint sticks and staples from the front spar filler strips.

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02/07/14 - 1.2
Removed paint stick strips and staples from the bay ribs and sanded them clean. Also removed the paint sticks and staples from the filler strips on the front spar. Gotta check the instructions, but I think I'm ready to flip the wing and work on the center tank section.

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02/11/14 - 2.0
Cut four of the -49 tip attach rails loose from the stack and took them home where I had the U2 upper wing rib jig. Used the rib jig and some 1/16" gussets to figure out where to locate the rail on the rib, then marked the cuts. Back at Don's I cut the rails and then trimmed two fo them to match the corner blocks. I then glued them in 1/16" below flush with the rib to allow for the thickness of the fiberglass tips.

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02/12/14 - 0.7
Removed the clamps from the tip attach rails, then flipped the wing over right side up. Did some cleanup with a sanding block and chisel, removing excess glue that had dripped to the top side of the wing.


02/13/14 - 1.8
Cut and fit the two top wingtip attach rails. Cut and fit the last two cove blocks that fit up to the bay ribs. Glued the tip attach rails in, and the last cove blocks. had some glue left over, so I cut, fit and glued the small filler strips the go on the aft spar at the bay ribs.

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02/14/14 - 0.7
Fitting filler strips to front spar.
02/18/14 - 2.1
Cut and fit filler strips to the aft spars. Got the left ones and part of the right wing glued and stapled in.

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02/19/14 - 1.7
Finished gluing and stapling the filler strips on the right wing aft spar, and then glued some strips on the front spar.

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02/20/14 - 1.2
Gluing and stapling filler strips on the front spar.

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02/21/14 - 1.6
Finished gluing and stapling the filler strips on the front spar, then started removing the paint sticks and staples. Also did some sanding on the strips with a block to clean them up a little.

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02/22/14 - 1.1
Finished removing staples and paint sticks, then cleaning up the spar tops with a sanding block.


03/03/14 - 2.6
Using the plans and pics from my website, I sorted out the flying, landing and sway wire lugs, pins and spacers along with the bolts nuts and washers needed. Discovered the big 1/2" bolts will need to have cotter pin holes drilled. I then used an expanding reamer to clean powdercoating out from the inside of the spacers to get them to fit on the pins. Once the parts were installed on the wing I took pictures to confirm with Kevin that I had everything correct.

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03/17/14 - 1.0
Used a center drill followed by a #29 drill to put the holes for the cotter pins in the flying and landing wire pin bolts.

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03/21/14 - 1.1
Sanded te ply trailing edges between ribs -6 and -18, then cut and fit some scrap wood to use for trailing adge stock there.

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03/24/14 - 1.9
Glued and clamped the trailing edge scrap between the -6 and -18 ribs. Spent some time shaping the center section bow at the center ribs.

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03/25/14 - 1.2
Removed clamps from trailing edges between ribs -6 and -18 then started work on contouring the bow and trailing edges. Still have to check final shape with the skins, but am close.

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Varnished the inner parts of the center bow aft of the spar, inside the aileron bays and also the outer face of the tip ribs as well as the spar tips. Used polyfiber EV-400 and a small brush. Had some left over so I figured out where I could put some on the undersides of the bow skin, leaving the future glue zones unvarnished.

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03/28/14 - 1.7
Brought the wing tank down and test fitted it in the wing. I also brought the only straps I had left but they turned out to be the wrong ones, being for the oil tank. Discovered that I need to buy a couple. I then cut the 1/8" ply shim to put on the top surfaces of the front and rear spar. I guess my table saw blade is too fat, I ran out of mahogony for front spar, so I substituted some 1/8" birch ply I had. I then glued and stapled the shim strips on both spar tops.

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03/29/14 - 3.0
Got some plastic organizers from walmart and srted my wing hardware into them. Went down to Don's and removed the staples and paint sticks, the cut strips of 1/16" ply, half the width of the top of the aft spar. I then masked off the front half of the top of the aft spar, then glued and stapled the 1/16" down next to the tape. Afterwards I removed the tape to make sure that front part of the spar was clean with no glue. Later I found the AN150-16S turnbuckles for the wing tank straps.

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03/30/14 - 1.4
Removed paint sticks and staples from the 1/16 strips. Figured out what hardware is needed to eventually install the center wing tank straps to the forard and aft spars. I then cut a step into each of the butt ribs where the aft bow skins meet at the tank skin. The step will allow a smooth transition there between the two skins.

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Quarter Total 50.1 hrs / TTD 1447.0 hrs
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