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Date: 6/30/2010
Task: Finished the left leading edge landing light

Today I finished the left leading edge landing light. I started by riveting the #6 nutplates to the retainer strips with AN326AD4-3.5 rivets. There are 3 screws on the top and 3 on the bottom the hold the lens in place. I shaped, debured, and primed the strips, lens cover, and light mount. The white paint used is Rustoleum High Temp.

Next I countersunk the lens with a #40 countersink. Once it was sufficient to fit a #6 dimple, I enlarged the screw hole to 5/32. There is a local TAP Plastics that had plastic drill bits. They work very well! I'll be sure to use them on the canopy.

Next is the right wing. Here is the rought cut I made with my Dremel and a 1/4" endmill.

I used a sanding attachment on my Dremel to get close to the line. I'll use a file, emry cloth, and then a Scotchbrite wheel on my die grinder to finish the cutout.