Today was a rather slow day. Talking with Aussie Long-EZ Guru Wayne Blackler (the beautiful silver Long-EZ on the banner above is his creation), he mentioned that he would have most likely put nutplates in behind LB23, vs the plans way, to make installing the hinge bolts a much easier process. The plans have you gluing three 1/4″ blocks of aluminum and then drilling & tapping them through the fiberglass after everything is glassed and you’re ready to mount your 3 (or 4 if you add a fourth bolt) bolts. In thinking about it, I prefer not to drill “blind” and would rather deal with a known quantity. So I decided to take his advice and install a thin metal plate with 3 nutplates riveted to it. This assembly would then get floxed to LB23 and sit behind it (out of sight) and be imbedded in the foam. Sounded like a good plan!
The only problem was I didn’t have any thin metal on hand, and I had no rivet capability either (although I had the full compliment of rivets called for in the plans). So I went on a shopping spree. I bought 0.5mm Anodized aluminum (for the nutplate) and a pop riveter set at Praktiker (German Lowe’s). I then bought some simple green, abrasive pads and the highest end primer I could find on the base.
I got home too late to really start any shop work, so I checked out a number of CP newsletters and researched the Internet & blogs. Part of my research was making sure I understood the (fairly) early CP switch from solid rivets to pop (cherry) rivets.
That is all!