Sailplane Construction Project Session #103
When I unpinned the wing's inner panel and
removed it from the work table, the diagonals between the first and second
spar held the bow in the leading edge and kept the inner panel straight and
true. In fact, the Warren Truss made inner panel "bullet proof", so to
speak. I decided to add diagonals to the tip panel as well so the truss will
run tip to tip full span as shown below.
The past couple of days I have been double gluing
all of the many rib/spar joints in the inner and tip panels in addition to
filling in balsa where there were gaps.
I decided to shape and contour the tip of the
left wing tip panel before I attach it to the inner panel. In order to do
this properly, filler balsa had to be added the top of the tip pieces as
Once the glue on the filler pieces was dry, I
roughed in the shape as shown below.
This morning, I got serious with the wing tip and
did the final finish work. The Sailplane's left sculptured wing tip is shown
This picture shows an edge view of the
undercamber in the tip that matches the undercamber in the wing tip panel
ribs. This will make the tip cover nicely.
I am driving Sue down to Houston, Texas, early in
the morning to spend some time with her sister who has just moved from
Dallas to Houston. Sue plans to stay for a while to help her sister get
settled in. My tasks will involve a new computer desk that will need to be
unpacked and assemble (:O<, can opener to be cabinet mounted, pictures to be
hung in each room, and I don't know what else she has planned for me. In
any event, I plan to return home Saturday. Sue will stay and fly home
sometime next week.......................Tandy
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