Day 29 - Bottom stringer      Hours today: 9      Hours so far: 244

Fitting the bottom stringer and tip braces

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Fitting the bottom stringer took me about 4 hours! Why?? Once the stringer itself is cut to length, then cut the stand-offs from the tube supplied. Then put the stringer together in the same way as the others. I bent the rear end of the stringer so that the fabric would not catch on it.

A close-up of a stringer stand-off. The stringer is rivetted at the top, but relies on a generous glob of glue at the bottom.

A view from below - the access plate so that you can get to the tailwheel bolts. Cut from a sheet of aluminium, then the end is shaped around the fuselage tube to create a hinge. This eventually gets covered by fabric and fixed in place with a dzus fastener (or similar).

Terry supplies two wing tip braces per wing, but told me that only one is needed - to stop the wing tip from pulling the end rib out of line. Use two rivets on each end of the brace (as well as glue!).

The preparation of the wings goes on... Next page