Invasion Marking go on wing 3 !

Wing 3 just about complete … just adding the taped off glued area for the re enforcing strips then its just Leading and Trailing edge.


Wing 4 – Port lower … has had the final smoothing of the wing step completed and pre glued. Also underside material in place and glue drying for next session.

Weekend away (arggggh) in UK but back to finishing last wing Tuesday/Wednesday


Wing 3 – almost complete – just the re enforcing tapes to go and Leading edge

Run out of hot melt glue now as its been impounded by Jersey Customs after Fedex took 3 days to advise me it was actually on island .. how does anyone do anything actually important and time critical in a far flung colony ??!!


Anyway, moan over, cracked on with wing 3 and pretty much finished late last night, probably the best pre tensioned Oratex to date .. by wing 6 I will be an expert ha ha

Texted Paul at TLAC to check if I should glue the material and full step … definitely !

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Hope I am cutting into the correct panel for the metal covers !

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Wing sharing space with two of the sons offroad and track motorbikes !

Inspection panels

Before you seal the wing by adding the top layer – don’t forget to position any inspection rings required … I have had the alloy discs that cover these pre painted cub yellow..

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As well as positioning these for aileron adjustments I am considering adding a couple to the front fuselage section to allow access to rear firewall bits.

Update from a FB post with Lars … very useful detail here

David Brown These Rings are typically glued ON Top of the Fabric and not under the Fabric! If you glue them under there will be nothing to keep the round inspection cover from wandering around all over the place. I always email this to anybody who asks: Regarding Inspection holes/panels:With our system you just use the clear plastic rings that are on the market for the legacy fabrics,see here attached!Smaller rigid structures can also be glued to Oratex with Superglue (Cyanacrylate).Superglue can also be used to adhere to concave structures, inspection rings,grommets, drains and vents…such as those on the trailing edge undersides. When melting the holes for the drains and vents 3/16 is too small, at least in my world it is. Its better than smaller yet, but I would make it bigger. 1/3 of an inch is what I will do on my planes. 8mm. So you just get the clear re-enforcement rings for the round inspection covers of the legacy aircraft fabrics, level the surface you are planning to glue them on, wipe the area with Alcohol, drop the ring onto the top-surface of the Oratex, take the THIN Cyanacrylate Superglue from the Hobby store, and soak it under the well positioned ring from the inside diameter of the ring while it is laying on the surface, until all the surface of the ring appears clear, as the glue wick’ed underneath. Once that is achieved, stop feeding it glue and let it dry! – That is it, done! Be careful with the use of the “Free Radicals” sprays(“Zip Kicker”) for Superglue, as many will cause the glue to turn white and that will make it look ugly. A “Doily” Overlay on top of the re-enforcement ring is unnecessary with Oratex, many do it just for the old-style looks. Use shrink tube on the steel arms of the inspection cover and tape its underside with good quality tapes in order to prevent chafing and aluminum streaks due to airframe vibration as the plane is being flown. Used as is these covers will trail black as the aluminum rubs off under vibration: It’s easy to avoid! Cut the hole only after it is 100% for sure all dry; and there is no need whatsoever to leave any fabric on the inside diameter of the ring,it’s not like with the legacy fabrics where that is needed to be in contact with the Doily Overlay in order to keep the ring on there! With ours, cut ring into the edge of the ring and make a nice big and smooth-edged hole! Your wrist and mechanics will love that later when it comes to maintenance…I use various glues and they all work. Hobby Lobby and Hobbycraft both sell good Superglue that works fine. The instant activator is BAD as it discolors the glue. In contrast, make sure to use only the Gel-type Super-glue for the issue to attach Micro Vortex Generators to the Oratex. That worked always best for me. If you try to use too liquid a super glue for this purpose, it will be a big runny mess that cannot be cleaned up !

Finer detail of finishing

Worth taking the time and trouble now to get the finer detail as you would like others to see it as well !

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Using the 1″ wide pinked edge not only over the rib caps but also over the edge of the open areas that will have access panels over the top.

And preparing for the final top covering of wing 1


Tape applied to provide a thin 1/4″ strip of glue on each rib cap … REMEMBER to take the tape  off as soon as the glue has been applied to save it sticking to the wing !


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