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Covering the Wings

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:57 pm
by Gary H
Dang this is fun!!     :o

Hey !

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:07 pm
by scubarider
Hey  :shock:  How did you get ahead of me????
but, I do have all the tail feathers covered  :P
Should be covering the ailerons and flaps this week.
pics to come!
D

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:02 pm
by Dave Krall CFII SEL SES
Looks most excellent. What size/type rivets are you using to hold the fabric to the ribs?

covering

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2007 12:50 am
by Gary H
Only thing left to cover is the fuse. Well, I am welding plates in the elevator so I can balance them. Will post some pictures before covering. I also put a couple of stiffeners in so the covering won't pull the ends in.  I just called Spencer aircraft and told them I wanted fabric rivets. I got 1000 of them.   :D

Re: covering

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 4:05 am
by Dave Krall CFII SEL SES
Gary H wrote:Only thing left to cover is the fuse. Well, I am welding plates in the elevator so I can balance them. Will post some pictures before covering. I also put a couple of stiffeners in so the covering won't pull the ends in.  I just called Spencer aircraft and told them I wanted fabric rivets. I got 1000 of them.   :D


After I ordered a 1000 from them, the sales guy called me back, concerned that the FAA inspector would not approve riviting into wooden ribs because the hole would be a place for moisture to initiate delamination of the plys and therefore be unsafe.

I mentioned that I thought I'd drop some marine sealer into each hole first, then maybe even a drop of epoxy right before the rivet was placed, which he thought would be OK but didn't know for sure.

What meathod did you use? Any history or guys with experience? Thanks for posting.

first time

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:30 am
by scubarider
It is my first time with rivetstiching.  The guys at Wahalla have been doing it for years.  They have never had a problem passing inspection.  When you apply the sticking tape first then the aluminum rivet then the glued tape then the regular glued tape not sure how water can enter.  The bottom would be more likely though.  I bet if you applied a drop of epoxy to each rivet that would take care of it.  Is an idea.
D

Gary

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:33 am
by scubarider
Gary, what kind of leading edge do you have?  Looks like a point there where you are ironing in the first pic?  
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Re: first time

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 2:45 pm
by Dave Krall CFII SEL SES
scubarider wrote:It is my first time with rivetstiching.  The guys at Wahalla have been doing it for years.  They have never had a problem passing inspection.  When you apply the sticking tape first then the aluminum rivet then the glued tape then the regular glued tape not sure how water can enter.  The bottom would be more likely though.  I bet if you applied a drop of epoxy to each rivet that would take care of it.  Is an idea.
D


Do you have a name & phone # for the guys at Wahalla? I'd like to pick their brains if they've been doing fabric riveting. Thanks Again.

names

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:02 pm
by scubarider
You have several there who could help.  There is of course Troy, then Tim.  The number is:  1-864-718-0320

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:19 pm
by Johnny C!
I second the question about the leading edge.

Whatcha got there?

Johnny C!

Re: names

PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:26 pm
by Dave Krall CFII SEL SES
scubarider wrote:You have several there who could help.  There is of course Troy, then Tim.  The number is:  1-864-718-0320


Oh THAT Wahalla...
Of course I have their # already but thanks anyway and sorry for the 'duh' moment!

covering the wing

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:36 am
by Gary H
I used the same tape they have been using for about three hundred years. Put the rivets thru the wood just the same as they did on all Taylor crafts of any other plane with wood ribs. I think it will out last me  :roll:  anyway, if water gets in there you better get your life vest on! I got the leading edge from Kit Fox. I think I was lucky, he won't sell it anymore unless you buy his [email protected]%$^%$ go figure??? I am trying to find someone to make some more. OH, I am having some more fabric plates made if any body needs a set. I put the wife to work to,,, This is so much fun I should have bought two of these kits!   :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:49 pm
by Johnny C!
How much do you think the leading edges will add to your cruise?

Any other benefits?

They look great!

Johnny C!

leading edge

PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:06 pm
by Gary H
I don't think it will change the cruse speed. I am hoping it will effect the stall speed. Making the air move smoother the top of the wing.  Looks a whole lot better. Looks more like a leading edge should. A buddy of mine is building one near me, he can't get the leading edge so will see if it makes a difference or not.