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Old 01-03-2018, 05:54 PM
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When installing the wings, should the wingtips and flaps be on or off. Or does it matter. I plan to keep the ailerons attached since they are rigged.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:01 PM
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Really should not matter-------I suggest you have them off, lighter and the tip rib makes a decent hand hold.

Have some hardware store bolts with the threads cut off to use a pins to help with getting things aligned. Round off the end a bit to make insertion easier.

I used a pair of saw horses to put the wing on and get basic alignment started, then picked up the wing and worked it into the slot------pretty easy after the first few times.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:02 PM
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When installing the wings, should the wingtips and flaps be on or off. Or does it matter. I plan to keep the ailerons attached since they are rigged.
Flaps, ailerons and wingtips all off. Your helpers will be reaching for handholds and these get in the way - and are easily damaged.

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Flaps, ailerons and wingtips all off. Your helpers will be reaching for handholds and these get in the way - and are easily damaged.

Carl
Quite true.

Be sure to remind your helpers they cannot grab unsupported skin areas. EG, an area that extends beyond the aft spar...
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:53 PM
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I used a pair of saw horses to put the wing on and get basic alignment started, then picked up the wing and worked it into the slot------pretty easy after the first few times.
How many times did you have to take them on and off?
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How many times did you have to take them on and off?
Twice.

Once everything as fitted, I took them off and stored them back in the wing stand. They were transported to and from my painterís hangar/shop in the stands. Once the aircraft was painted and back in the hangar, they were reassembled.
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Old 01-04-2018, 06:45 AM
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Thanks for the info...
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:08 AM
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Twice.

Once everything as fitted, I took them off and stored them back in the wing stand. They were transported to and from my painterís hangar/shop in the stands. Once the aircraft was painted and back in the hangar, they were reassembled.
Mike S implied it was quite a few times more.

I was wondering why.
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Mike S implied it was quite a few times more.

I was wondering why.
Just simply to make it easier to walk around the plane. All wiring, aileron/flap installation and rigging was done at my home hangar, then the FAA changed the rules and I had to take the plane to a different airport to test fly. Luckily I had not yet installed the "real bolts", just used the test pins.

The wings on a 10 go on a lot easier than the earlier models, all bolts outside the fuse.
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:33 AM
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When fitting the wings for the first time...do you use the supplied precision bolts or something differennt, saving those for the final install
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