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Task: Rolled the leading edge and set the
purchased a 3/4" water pipe from Aircraft Home Depot
this weekend and used it to roll the leading edges per the
instructions. It went okay but was tough. The leading edges
are thin metal but its not easy to bend. Not to mention, the
leading edges need to be pretty tightly pulled together to
get the punched holes to align. I had a lot of trouble and
it took a lot of hand massaging to get the bends right. In
the end it looked okay, but not as well rounded as I'd hoped.
is the 3/4" galvanized water pipe with duct tape on the
threads to protect the skins.
The top skins rolled together and clecod. I
first used my edge rolling tool to create a slight bend in
the top skin. It helps flatted out the edge after riveting.
the bottom of the middle section has been rolled. It needed
some more work...
middle section has been completed and clecod in place. I did
have to do a lot of hand massaging of the bends to get everything
to fit smoothly.
The bottom part was by far the most difficult.
It was as if the skins were not long enough. It took a lot
of massaging to get the skins to fit correctly with a smooth
bend. I think I spent an hour alone on this one portion.
Here is a view with the entire leading edge
clecod into place.
After calling Van's I decided I wasn't going
to be a hero and used pulled-rivets for the aft most hole
on the tip rib. I used an MK-319-BK. It appears there are
two large scratches above and to the left of the hole. They
are just surface markings.