Having Rendered Unto, the rest of the day will be spent in more secular pursuits, like a bit of lawn and garden maintenance, a bit of writing, an exercise nod to the old ticker, and — the fun bit — sheet metal.
It’s looking less like a skeleton, and more like a wing, eh?
You’re looking at the starboard wing underside, so outboard (the wing tip) is towards you, and inboard (the wing root) is in the left distance. The inboard and outboard wing panels are permanently riveted in place, and the center panel is held on by clecos (the little bronze pins are #30 clecos) and needs a touch of match/finish drilling and deburring before it gets permanently riveted in place. Then the whole thing gets turned over and the flaperon hinges are inserted, the upper side is skinned, and the wingtip and wing light are installed.
Then we get to do it all over, plus the stall warning system, in the other wing. Then, finally, on to the fuselage center section, the parts of which are impatiently vibrating on shelves in the basement workshop.
Meanwhile, we can hang these wings from the ceiling — where the skeleton of this wing’s brother hangs now — until we take them from hangers to hangar for final assembly to the fuselage bits. Then there’s “nothing left to do,” except for the engine, landing gear, avionics, canopy, and overall final assembly, rigging, and inspection. Yeah, except for that.
Now you see why airplane builders will tell you that they are “90% done, with 90% to go.” That’s about where we are.
The garden maintenance is much less interesting, we fear. We have two things to do, repair a zero-turn lawnmower (two projects: flat tire and reinstall and level mower deck) and a more general trimming, weeding and clean-up of the stone patios area. We spent an hour just trimming back the dead last-years-sticks from a couple of large hydrangeas. And then we were saved by a call from Plaintiff II that she and Kid were safe in their new home in suburban St. Louis.
Sometime today we’ll redouble our search for a new dag, too. That would put a perfect cap on the weekend.