At last with all the wing panels completed our attention  turned to installing the wing retaining system.  These are made up from 1/8 ply pieces laminated together, see first picture below. To this a saddle clamp and a piece of brass tube are screwed into position picture 2.

Before fitting these individual units into position, the wing and centre section are placed onto the building board.
It is important that the  centre section is pined and firmly held flat to the board to ensure that when the wing is guided over the guide pins everything lines up squarely preventing it from moving around when final gluing and fixing is taking place.
Once the wing panel is aligned with the centre section at the root end, the wing tip needs to be raised at the last wing tip rib by 2/34 inches giving the correct dihedral as indicated on the plans, pics 3, 4.



The units once made up  as shown above were test fitted into the wing. This test fit identified, that due to the dihedral angle required,  the installation of these units  would need to be done from the underside of the wing, due to the final location of the retainers being wider than the aperture between the top of the root rib and rib two that the unit will be joined to.

As the  wing and the centre section needs to be set up as described above,  the retainers once glued  will be facing downwards making it very difficult  to ensure that everything is square when located into position on the piano wire guides.
(THESE UNITS  AT FIRST SEEMED VERY SIMPLE. DON'T BE FOOLED  THEIR NOT) The following picture shows a simple jig that my partner in crime came up with to  ensure that once everything is glued into its final resting  place everything  remains square and true.
This is as you can see is clamped to the unit once the unit has been located onto the centre section guide rods. Once in place this ensures a very square and accurate fit. pic 2 below
Pic 3 showing the correct way that this will all be facing once finally glued into position.

Once each unit both front and rear has been set up in this fashion, the wing is reset up to the correct dihedral as mentioned above.

The second pic below shows the wing now clamped to the centre section with the correct dihedral  set at the  wing tip and the two units glued into position using 30 minute epoxy.  It is important to ensure that these units both sit square with each other so a level was used spanned across the top of both units ensuring this was achieved.


This last picture showing the now added scrap strengtheners as per plans / instructions.
 Again to be belt and braces here we decided to add additional strengtheners (although I'm sure that the structural integrity of the suggested set up would be more than adequate  see last pic below)



Pics of front and rear unit extra bracing


The following pictures showing the top wing panels attached to the centre section. The same procedure will be carried out for the bottom wing.
Although the wing looks complete here, there are still a number of tasks to complete before final construction is complete and ready for covering.




The next job on the list is to sand and profile the leading and trailing edges.

Once this has been completed our attention turned to the wing retention brackets. These are held in place by two self tapping screws and protrude out from under each wing section. To release the wing you push the brackets towards the wing tip. The problem with this setup is that both brackets have to be pushed back simultaneously. This is practically impossible to do unless you have help from another person. The problem was solved by installing a wooden cover over the bracket with a small cut-out which then allows a wooden wedge to be inserted between the root skin and the bracket tab, this then allows easy release of the wing when pulled with hands either side of the trailing and leading edge of the wing at the root end. See picture of cover below



The following couple of pictures showing the now installed outer strut locator and also the rigging fasteners. To see how this all works visit





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