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Its been a while. Despite not posting, building has been progressing. I had four weeks away from working on the plane. Its the first time I have struggled. I went overseas for work for 2 weeks then when I got back I was busy and for the first time I really struggled to go back and keep going. So I took a break. Slowly the desire returned and now I am back into it. It is really hard to keep positive and feel like you can overcome all the work you have to do. Any builders out there…..I know I haven’t finished, but I guess you gotta just keep doing little bit by little bit and reading BiPlane Forum to keep the desire going.
Check it out at…. http://www.biplaneforum.com It is such a wealth of information and a great community of helpful builders.
Now back to the wing.
The pictures here are of the current area I am working on. This is the wing walk. Normally you don’t have a wing walk on both sides however I am putting one in on both sides to assist passengers into the plane as they get in. The last photo with the words on it is a pic I annotated to ask a question on the Bi Plane Forum about how to round of the spar tips.
I am very close to completing the base wing. I just need to fit the wing walk ply, glue the wing bows then flip the wing and finish the underside fitting. Oh and fit the trailing edge. Should have that done by the end of next week. Getting close
After that – first aileron.
Work continues on the lower wings. Some pics below. The early steps for the wings, following the Skybolt builders manual is loose fit ribs, loose fit butt rib fittings, butt rib, then start on the three ribs that have the drag/anti-drag wires running through the spars.
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Once the crates were unpacked, I was able to get started on the wing assembly. I have started with prepping the two sets of lower wing spars. These are easier as they are symmetrical in the aerofoil shape the the spars are perpendicular to the fuselage – unlike the upper wing which has a 6.5 degree sweepback.
I have added the butt plates to the fuselage end and then laid the spars of the right lower wing into the spar racks. This takes a bit of time as you have to fit the ribs so that they slide onto the spars front and back, but primarily as you are making the wing exactly square on all planes. The spar centrelines have to lined up and the whole wing square.
Pictures below of the work to get to the ribs onto the wing spars. Next step will be to start glueing.
Finally the finished product…. the ribs are just sitting on the spars. Next step will be to start glueing.
Finally – after waiting 14 months, my wings (kit) finally arrived. I just need to finish of some metalwork I am doing on the horizontal stab and elevator, then they will be put aside for the wings. This will be fun
Two boxes of fun and excitement