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    I have to ask what may be a stupid question. But why are all the wing stands full length and not cantilevered more like an engine stand but with a upper support to catch the strut points? I understand the geometry involved and strengths of materials to accomplish it. Just had to ask if there were reasons outside of what I am guessing ?
    I just picked up a “started” ex3 kit and need to make all the needed rotisserie’s. Not trying to reinvent the wheel but don’t want to copy something just because “that’s how it’s always been done” either.
    New to CC and really enjoy the well connected community here.

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    Default Re: Wing Rotators

    Quote Originally Posted by xcflyn View Post
    I have to ask what may be a stupid question. But why are all the wing stands full length and not cantilevered more like an engine stand but with a upper support to catch the strut points? I understand the geometry involved and strengths of materials to accomplish it. Just had to ask if there were reasons outside of what I am guessing ?
    I just picked up a “started” ex3 kit and need to make all the needed rotisserie’s. Not trying to reinvent the wheel but don’t want to copy something just because “that’s how it’s always been done” either.
    New to CC and really enjoy the well connected community here.

    I built them as close to the factory’s design as I could. My suggestion don’t experiment.

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    Default Re: Wing Rotators

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Corrado View Post
    I built them as close to the factory’s design as I could. My suggestion don’t experiment.
    Dan as you know I just completed an EX3. I did not have wing nor fuse rotator. In fact I felt they were no better than what I used. I used two saw horses for each wing and had extra hand to flip the wing when I was ready to cover the other side. I flipped them. It worked just fine. When spraying, I hung them in the paint booth. High enough so I could get to the leading edge.

    As for the fuse, I built a tic Tac toe grid frame out of remaining kit box lumber and the tail always rested on a 2’ high saw horse. Same thing. Xtra hands to rotate as needed and it worked fine. All who have seen it, love the plane.
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