The wings begin

Hours Worked = 4

Today marks the first day of work on the wings.

It was a day of a lot of drilling and a lot of head scratching. The directions still give you all the information that you need to complete the step, but it is definitely less detailed. Figuring out which holes should be drilled, which shouldn’t, which should be countersunk for rivets, which should be countersunk for skins took some pondering.

Also, there are just a lot of freakin’ holes! And each one needs attention at least once, if not 3 or 4 times. A little step like “final drill the 3/32 holes” doesn’t sound bad, but it takes a bit of time when there are a few hundred 3/32 holes!

By the end of the day, I got the spar extensions match drilled and deburred, the skin stiffeners match drilled and edge deburred, and all the 3/32 holes final drilled. The next step is going to take a while. That’s going to be counter-sinking ALL the holes…

No pictures tonight, because after 4 hours of work, everything looks pretty much the same as it did when it was unpacked.

4 thoughts on “The wings begin

  • June 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Ed, do you have a full time job? I’m envious you seem to have so much time to invest in this project. And the energy…How do you do it?

  • June 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yup. I do have a full time job. And I do computer consulting and repair on the side. And help out with Colleens various projects around the house! So, adding the plane on top of that, I keep pretty busy!!

    My goal is to get an hour or two in on the plane every day. Id much rather be doing that than wasting my time watching TV.

  • June 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I do have a lot of projects:) THANKS BABE!

  • June 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    I love how Sawyer comes in to supervise every so often.

    What are you doing around the 1:50 mark? All those little holes?

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