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 February 3, 2021

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Dimpling the aileron leading edge

I was concerned that if I dimpled the leading skin of the aileron using traditional methods that I would put a flat spot around each of the rivet holes. I asked a couple of the mailing lists and got a couple of answers.

The idea that I used was to simply countersink the pipe with the normal #30 pilot countersinking bit and then cleco the leading edge skin back on the forward skeleton, then take the male #30 dimple die and by using the pipe as the female and a plastic or wood hammer just tap the dimple into the skin. It worked great.

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 February 3, 2021