WING KIT CONSTRUCTION - Page 5.
January 30, 2003: Here are some pix from the
LEFT wing (a few days ago) showing the clearance notches I had to create for the wing
skins on the steel support arm. All this was because I could not find 1.5"
aluminum angle at Lowe's.
The view looking through the lightening holes of the LEFT wing. The
camera flash is just offset from the lens and gives an illusion that the wing is not
really straight, due to the shadow from the flash. I LOVE straight wings!
Here is the underside of the LEFT wing ready to drill. This wing was
drilled completely and is now disassembled and awaiting priming of all the ribs and the
inside of the skins. I even have the LEFT wing tank temporarily assembled and ready
to match drill before riveting and sealing.
I went to see another RV-9A builder near Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday,
January 25th. Here are his wings all riveted together awaiting final parts
installation and close out of the bottom skins.
That RV-9A builder in Madison, Alabama is David Edgemon. He has just received his fuselage kit from
Van's and is of course, ONE step ahead of me and a good source of building tips. He
is one of the guys that make up the Tennessee Valley RV Builder's Group. And yes,
the Tennessee River does indeed cut across northern Alabama before heading back north into
Tennessee and then Kentucky before emptying into the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky.
As for my latest work, here are some shots of the RIGHT wing now on the jig in
And just in case you are wondering what the shaving mirror is all about, it reflects the fluorescent light into the holes on the skins, allowing me to be sure to drill the J-stringer along the correct marked line. I had a chance to put my plumb lines on this wing right after I took this picture. The RIGHT wing is dead-on straight as well - NO TWIST! Thanks Van!
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