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Builder:
  Marlin Sander
Location:
  Helena, MT - USA
Aircraft:
  RV-7A
Total Build Hours:
  2830
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/msander/

Date:  10-02-2017
Number of Hours:  12.00
Short Description:  Fiberglass Wing Tip Reinforcement Strip cont.

I'm not sure why I missed this 5 years ago, but I'm glad I corrected this before I painted or began to fly. The wingtips would most certainly crack around the weakened areas when the screws are attached. The first picture shows the installed reinforcement strip. The second picture shows a closeup of the re-installed nutplate from the outside of the wingtip. They all turned out good (on both wingtips), but I had to be exceptionally careful not to slip off the rivets when drilling them out and not to "over-squeeze" the rivets when I reinstalled the nutplate so the fiberglass didn’t crack. This wasted three full days of time and was nerve-racking work that would have been so easy if I had only done it right the first time! C'est la vie...get over it, right? In lieu of my severe lack of forbearance, I've decided to take a two-week vacation to Mount Rushmore to forget how much fun this was.




Reinforcing Strip Installed





Closeup of an installed nutplate

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