Installing Stringers

I was glad to be done with painting for a little while, and ready to start reassembling things! I sanded the filler on the wingtip and applied a coat of gray automotive primer to check the progress.

The first coat of paint tells many tales

The first coat of paint tells many tales


I think it will do.

I think it will do.


I installed the stringers with long blind rivets. These were all aluminum and are very lightweight.
They were also fast to install.

They were also fast to install.


The other side

The other side


Here's the part number and specs from McMaster Carr

Here’s the part number and specs from McMaster Carr


This shot shows the notch to clear the fuselage tube.

This shot shows the notch to clear the fuselage tube.


Since we’ve decided to use the Dynon pitot tube, we’ll need to route static lines from the back of the fuselage. These static ports came from a kit that I got from Avery while we were in Oshkosh. The little aluminum plates will hold the ports in place.
Static Ports

Static Ports


Inside (left) and outside (right)

Inside (left) and outside (right)


Mounting holes ready to countersink and dimple

Mounting holes ready to countersink and dimple


Countersinking and dimpling done

Countersinking and dimpling done


Here's how the ports mount to the stringers.

Here’s how the ports mount to the stringers.


I put them close to an attach point so that they wouldn’t wiggle as much.

Next I routed the VHF navigation antenna feedline from the vertical stabilizer. I put a joint in the line so that we can replace the antenna if it doesn’t work, or if it quits working in a few years.

VHF Navigation Feedline

VHF Navigation Feedline


Here's the best way I could find to secure the coax cable

Here’s the best way I could find to secure the coax cable


I also did a few more pre-covering jobs, such as adding nutplates to the areas that are going to be harder to get to after covering.

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