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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Quote Originally Posted by t.c.williams View Post
    I used a string to pre drill the middle hole in the ribs. Run the string from the #1 rib to the #12 rib and mark. After the holes are drilled install the skin, top and bottom holes are no problem, then bottom drill the middle hole from the bottom with a 12 in. bit. Worked great. Had both wings done in one day. I now how a set of the wood clamps
    I can ship to the next guy who needs them.
    Lloyd,
    A couple of things, the reason there are seven straps is that there are
    seven nose ribs under each skin,one for each skin. On your second wing use
    the pushing the skin with your palm method, it really works you can move
    the metal around a little enough to make it sit better.
    regarding the oil canning on the bottom of the skin, Mitch is correct
    however you might have to drill #1 and 2 rivet out once the straps are in
    place to allow the skin to move sideways and re-drill all the bottom holes
    say
    3/8"higher, also remember when covered with fabric these small imperfections
    will not show, as long as the structural integrity is not compromised. Have
    fun it is not complicated just a giant erector set.

    You asked about the 1" block that sets some twist into the wing, this should
    be in place during the LE skin fixing, however the real twist (wash out) is
    set and can be adjusted with the wing on the plane using the rear strut
    the block just partially allows for the eventual twist.

    Yes I have finished, there is a photo on the EX builders page. I have now
    flown 35 hours and have the full C of A and it really is a joy to fly.
    Bruce
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    VH-ETB

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lloyd Frye
    Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:35 PM
    To: bvthomas@bigpond.com
    Subject: Lloyd--wing technique

    Bruce, thanks so much for taking the time to educate me on your technique
    for mounting LE skins. I have a clearer picture now, and hopefully second
    wing will go smoother...if I can ever fix the problems I've created with the
    first. I ended up with some bulging on either side of a few bottom rivets.
    That made for a nice tin can sound when pressed as the bulge hopped from one
    side of the rivet. I called Mitch and he said to drill out the bottom
    rivets only and leave the #1 and 2 rivets in place. I did that and
    yesterday, per your previous suggestions, I re-tightened the skins with
    straps over blocking and let it sit overnight until I heard from you. Glad
    I did. I only had four straps in place, and if I understand what you did,
    you placed seven straps, two on either side of each nose rib. I was
    hesitant to use two straps between the ribs as I thought I'd put too much
    pressure on the skin the first time and that was what created the bulge when
    the straps were remove, even though it looked good before I riveted it.

    Today I'll place more straps and go for it.

    Thanks again,

    Lloyd

    Have you finished your plane yet?

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    TC

    Would you please send them to:
    Gary Weaver
    2247 W. Hwy 26
    Othello, WA 99344
    509-989-0125

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    TC

    Would you please send them to:
    Gary Weaver
    2247 W. Hwy 26
    Othello, WA 99344
    509-989-0125
    Be happy to. As soon as I get that last skin will send out the next day. Hopefully by end of the week.

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    I am finished with the wooden clamp. Let me know who would like them.

    Lloyd

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Not sure where I was in line, but I am thinking of using the alternate method with clamps on the skin, so go ahead and skip me.

    Thanks
    Dan Ballin

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Hi Guys, I am ready for the leading edge clamps. Who has a set they are done with?

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Send me you address so I can ship them out.

    Lloyd

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    I should be done with them by Friday. Man, they are easy to use, fast and it looks like a million bucks!!!!
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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    I'm done with the clamps,, worked GREAT !!!! who needs them next?
    Gary
    509-989-0125

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    Default Re: Leading Edge Skin Clamps

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary H View Post
    I'm done with the clamps,, worked GREAT !!!! who needs them next?
    Gary
    509-989-0125
    Sent them to:
    Charles Schmidt
    Carbondale, IL
    4/2/14

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