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Old Jan 13, 2012, 01:40 AM
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Wing construction begins by laying out the ribs and feeding them on to the front and rear basswood spars, making sure the ply ribs are at the rigging hard point locations per the plans. I started by gluing the root rib on the spars first while making sure the rib was perfectly square with the spars and let it dry. I then made a spacer tool to place the remaining ribs at equal spacing while checking for spar and rib straightness/squareness while I built, leaving off the last two ribs which make up the tip. after the glue dried on the ribs I added the balsa leading edge and basswood trailing edge. The leading edge calls for a 1/4" balsa dowel but since I couldn't find one (and wasn't too keen on making one) I sanded a square notch in the nose of the ribs to accept 1/4" square stock.
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