Starting the ailerons

Started working on the ailerons today !



Left you see the front tube of the aileron, attached with hinges (see above).

The aileron tube, is a bit longer than the spar tubes, sticking into the fuselage, where a lever will be moving the aileron up and down.


At the wing tip, the curve will go “into” the aileron, but more on this once the ailerons are done…..



The front aileron tube is 1″ and the trailing tube is 1/2″, thats why is shaped this way…

Bending all but two of the aileron ribs. The last two will be a bit shorter, so will do that when the wing tip is done.


Trailing edge

Yesterday 2 hours and today 5 hours on the left wing. Aileron and wing tip left to do. Below a few more pics. Started the trailing tube on the right wing now, going well ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully next weekend I can start on the ailerons. That means making a whole lot of ribs from sheet material ๐Ÿ™


Above you see the fuselage end of the left wing. The two spars stick out 2″. This will result in a 2″ gap between wing and fuselage.

The leading edge tube sticks out 2″ as well. I have done this so the tube for the Pitot tube (for measuring the air speed) can “get” into the fuselage nicely. The leading edge tube is also used for the wiring of my wing tip lights. Not sure when that will be as they are a bit on the expensive side.

On the left, on the trailing tube you see 4 hinges hold in place with some black tape for now. These hinges are for the ailerons.


Above the left wing tip. Here a thinner tube will start from the leading edge tube, and will bend nicely “through” the front spar, to the back, “through” the back spar, and “into” the ailerons. That will be an interesting exercise.ย After this “perimeter tube is done, I will start on the last rib.ย You can just see the two markings for the position of that last rib on the front spar. That rib will have the same shape as the other ones but will be thinner and shorter.


Happy with this wing so far !!!

More work on the right wing tomorrow hopefully ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished right wing

Yesterday I finished the right wing, or should say got it to the same state as the left wing you see above. Here some detail photos:





Today I could only work for an hour on it ๐Ÿ™

I started with the leading edge tube. Should make a photo about that bit tomorrow. I had the use the file to make it fit better, as the ends of the ribs were not all in the same line. Then started drilling holes in the strips of aluminium used for attaching the tube to the ribs. OK more photo’s are required here I think !!!

Jonathan Wilson, Christchurch, New Zealand.

I know Jonathan through work.
Hi Gert,
Firstly – the Bleriot project – wow! I’m impressed. Both an inspiring and gutsy project. Its been a long time since I last flew myself (apart from radio control models) but I’m still a fan of things that fly!
I could not help but spend the last 30 minutes reading through your web site.
Would love to come and have a look one weekend. I think my 13 year old son, Tim, would be interested too – took him to the last Warbirds over Wanaka and he enjoyed it.

Started half ribs

Started with the half ribs last night and finished them this morning before going to work ๐Ÿ™‚

So almost at the same stage as the left wing, only the very first one, closest to fuselage, to do. This is the reinforced one, so it doesn’t get pulled away when the fabric goes on.ย After that it’s fitting leading and trailing tubes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!