Leading Edges Done

Time: 6 Hours

I was able to repeat the process from the other day on the right wing leading edge. Once I had both leading edges in place on their spars I brought out the #40 reamer and hit every hole to match drill them. The rear flanges of the ribs that connect to the web of the main spars needed a #30 drill. Due to those holes being close to the main rib webs I decided to use my 12″ #30 bit so I could bend it and not scrape the ribs. That process took a little while due to all of those holes. Once done I removed the leading edges to clean up the drill shavings and then reinstalled them. That a theme with this project! Install and uninstall and install! With the main bottom skins reinstalled I was able to extend those lines I made to find the center point of the tie down bracket. Once I had those lined up I removed the main skins and put them back on the shelves. I then removed the leading edges and laid them flat on the workbench so I could drill them to final size with my unibit.

It’s hard to tell in that last photo but the hole was pretty close! The nice thing is that the tie downs that I bought from Cleaveland Tool cove the hole completely and make for a very nice finish!

The next step is the fuel tanks! I probably won’t get started on those for a week or so since next week is Thanksgiving holiday and I will be spending it with my kiddos and amazing girlfriend! 😉

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