I mounted the right flap fairing this afternoon. In order to mount this fairing, you have to ensure that the flap is at the neutral up position. The way to do this is mount the aileron, affix it in the neutral position and then match the flap to the aileron. But, how do you make sure that the aileron is in the neutral position?
Some builders use a straight edge aligned with the tooling holes in the end rib of the wing. I chose to use the wood wing profile cutout that I saved from the wing kit. Once I had it mounted on the end of the wing, it was a simple matter to align the aileron with it.
From that point, it was a matter of just mounting the flap fairing so that it was flush with the top of the flap. Took longer than it should have, of course, but patience was rewarded and the job was completed.
I completed fitting the aluminum wing fairings today. This is one of those tasks which isn’t that hard to accomplish, but requires more time than you thought. Lots of metal work and trimming to make it look right, I lost count of how many times I had these pieces on and off the plane, but I am pleased with how they turned out.
One little challenge is how to trim the inboard edges of the fairings for later installation of the rubber seal between the fuselage and fairing. I discovered that if I laid the side of my Sharpie on the fuselage and simply drew a line down the fairing, the inside edge of the line was exactly 1/4″ from the edge of the fairing. Made it easy to trim on that line, polish on the ScotchBrite wheel and you’re done. Of course, I discovered this only after wasting a ton of time with incremental efforts.
EAA Technical Counselor Dwight Smith came by this evening to inspect the work so far. Good news in that he had nothing bad to say! In fact, he had a lot of good things to say. Feels good.
Maybe this thing WILL fly some day and not immediately fall apart! Considering that the last visit from a Technical Counselor was back in 1999, it feels good to know that I’ve been doing it right (if not perfectly) all these years.