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Gallery #2 “Flying Surfaces”

Wing rib jig with stack of partially completed ribs. Built from western red cedar and birch ply gussets. Average weight for 32 ribs = 0.3lb (136g) per rib.
Wing rib jig with stack of partially completed ribs. Built from western red cedar and birch ply gussets. Average weight for 32 ribs = 0.3lb (136g) per rib.
Wings assembled with ribs, front and rear box spars with internal steel tube and cable bracing. Trailing edges and aileron spars fitted. (Whing Ding II fuselage in foreground).
Wings assembled with ribs, front and rear box spars with internal steel tube and cable bracing. Trailing edges and aileron spars fitted. (Whing Ding II fuselage in foreground).
All flying tailplane, fin and rudder assembled minus D-nose ply.
All flying tailplane, fin and rudder assembled minus D-nose ply.
All flying tailplane ready for fitting of D-nose plywood (0.6mm 3-ply Birch).
All flying tailplane ready for fitting of D-nose plywood (0.6mm 3-ply Birch).
Fitting of wing D-nose ply (0.8mm 3-ply Birch). Weights used to help hold ply against ribs during glueing.
Fitting of wing D-nose ply (0.8mm 3-ply Birch). Weights used to help hold ply against ribs during glueing.
Wing after fitting of D-nose ply. Each wing panel is 12' 6" (3810mm) long with 50" (1270mm) chord.
Wing after fitting of D-nose ply. Each wing panel is 12′ 6″ (3810mm) long with 50″ (1270mm) chord.
Wing during fitting of D-nose ply showing styrene riblets which support plywood for buckling stability and against handling loads during operation.
Wing during fitting of D-nose ply showing styrene riblets which support plywood for buckling stability and against handling loads during operation.
Tailplane assembled with fuselage with mass balance arms fitted. (Last top brace on fuselage glued with top-rear ply deck).
Tailplane assembled with fuselage with mass balance arms fitted. (Last top brace on fuselage glued with top-rear ply deck).
Stits Polyfiber being applied to the tailplane. One large piece of cloth glued to the wooden structure using Stits Polytak beginning along the middle of the D-nose ply on one side, then progressively gluing along the ribs and around the trailing edge then along the ribs on the reverse side and finally with a wide glued area along the other side of the D-nose ply. Smaller fabric pieces were then wrapped and glued around the front of the tailplane nose to overlap the aft piece of cloth.
Stits Polyfiber being applied to the tailplane. One large piece of cloth glued to the wooden structure using Stits Polytak beginning along the middle of the D-nose ply on one side, then progressively gluing along the ribs and around the trailing edge then along the ribs on the reverse side and finally with a wide glued area along the other side of the D-nose ply. Smaller fabric pieces were then wrapped and glued around the front of the tailplane nose to overlap the aft piece of cloth.
Heat-shrinking the Stits Polyfiber covering of the wings using a hairdryer.
Heat-shrinking the Stits Polyfiber covering of the wings using a hairdryer.
Lightly sanding back the coating of silver butyrate dope.
Lightly sanding back the coating of silver butyrate dope.
End view of Maya wing on uncovered aircraft.
End view of Maya wing on uncovered aircraft.

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