January 21, 2009

Finished building flaps

Category: Flaps — Steffen @ 23:04 — Hours: 3.5

Great day today in many ways. I passed a technical exam today at work, now I am a certified technician on the Fouga Magister Jet Trainer. Yay!! 😀

After I came home I finished the left flap and installed it. It went so fast I forgot to take photos, but here it is installed:
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After that I began building the right flap. (..and remembered to take plenty of photos) Here it is clecoed together and ready to rivet.
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After riveting the skin joint and the upper rib flanges, I removed it to rivet the bottom flanges.
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All ribs riveted…
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Now it’s ready for the spar…
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First I pop-rivet the ribs to the spar. It’s a little easier to get access to the upper ones before you rivet the flanges.
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The plans call out for poprivets in the outer rib too, but I prefer solid rivets.
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Then I clecoed on the hinge and riveted it.
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Also squeezed the rivets in the flap control arm bracket.
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Before clecoing the last spar flange, I checked the flap for twist by laying it on my workbench. It was nice and straight.
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The right flap finished!! Only need to install the other hinge half onto the wing and I’m ready to start on the fuselage!!
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