Category: Wings

Right Tank Pressure Test OK

After replacing the one bad rivet on Wednesday and letting the sealant cure, I re-pressurized the tank on Sunday afternoon. 24 hours later, the pressure reading was exactly the same, so the tank is good. As before, the zero point for the unpressurized tank was 16” WC, so I...

Right Fuel Tank Closeout and Leak Test

Over the past few weekends I worked on closing out the right fuel tank. I attached the last accessory bits (fuel pickup, vent) and then proceeded with applying the sealant for the back channel/cover. Having the wing turned 90° definitely made it easier to set the fuel tank in...

Refueling Options

As I’ve been building my second fuel tank, another thought has re-entered my mind: how to get gas to my plane. Leaded gasoline has been in the news lately, with a not-so-great spotlight being shone on aviation’s 100LL AvGas as being the last major producer of airborne lead emissions....

Right Fuel Tank Accessories

I spent some time this weekend adding components to the right fuel tank in preparation for closing it up: the fuel level sender, drain fitting, and fuel cap. I also drilled out and replaced a few sealed rivets from the previous session of setting the ribs where some rivets...

Right Fuel Tank Build

It’s been over 2 years since I built the first fuel tank. The right side fuel tank skin arrived with a big dent when I originally received my wing kit, and it took a few tries and a lot of waiting to get a replacement skin. But, with everything...

Replacement Wing Skins

I received a crate today from TAF in California, containing my replacement wing skins! I’ll be able to finish off the right wing now. One of the skins is the leading edge for the fuel tank, for which I’ll need to order some fresh FlameMaster sealant. Between these skins,...

Starboard Wing Nearly Ready for Closeout

I am at a good point to pause on building the starboard wing so that I can finish the fuel tank. I completed a quick task before switching gears though – I wanted to add some protection to the wire running through the lower stringer so that it doesn’t...

Right Nose Skin

I didn’t do a lot last night, partially because I had to make a run to the dump to get rid of the unwanted pieces of the fuselage shipping container. After a late dinner, I folded over the nose skin and clecoed it in place. I used a framing...

Landing Light Wiring

I continued some of the electrical work for the starboard wing, securing wiring and adding electrical connectors for the lights. I also decided it was time to get rid of the shipping crate for the fuselage kit. The first crates I received last year were assembled using screws, which...

Second Wing Build Progress

This past weekend I completed several tasks on the starboard wing. The most time-consuming task was aligning the bottom skins onto the spars – the holes didn’t line up very well, and I had trouble getting the inner skin to lay flat on my first 2 attempts. Here’s what...