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Old 10-30-2021, 09:39 AM
KEG KEG is offline
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Location: Tuscumbia, Alabama
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Default Bending tabs on W-1204D (12iS) pg.17-06

Anyone experiencing what appears to be excessive angles called out for bending the attachment tabs on the wing closure W-1204D. Example: Many tabs call for a 30 degree bend. After doing so, I dry fit the part and found the tabs do not make proper contact with Wing Tip Bottom section. the tabs angle up at a significant angle instead of the tab laying flat against the bottom section. It appears a 15 to 17 deg bent would be more appropriate. I have not called Van's yet (weekend) but would like input before bending any more of the tabs. I do not like to 're-bent' aluminum.
First time builder
RV-12iS, Garmin IFR
Tuscumbia, Alabama
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Old 10-30-2021, 01:48 PM
Bob Y Bob Y is offline
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Piedmont, SC
Posts: 301

I pretty much followed the KAI regarding the bend angles, making final adjustments as I Clecoed along. It came out acceptability in the end.

In my opinion though, this was the portion of the design that was the worst cosmetically. My painter ended up filling the gaps with epoxy for a clean appearance.
Bob Y - builder 12iS E-LSA
N569TT first flight 2/9/2020
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Old 10-30-2021, 10:42 PM
RFSchaller RFSchaller is offline
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I just got them close by eye and let the flèches pull them in. The adjacent flecks were close enough that as long as I was close the stayed in place for riveting.
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Old 10-30-2021, 10:45 PM
RFSchaller RFSchaller is offline
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Clecos, not flèches or flecks. Thanks spell checker.

I recently saw on the internet: Think of spellcheck as a well meaning elf that lives in you computer/phone who desperately wants to help but is, in fact drunk out of his mind.
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