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Pulling the Leading Edge Cover Tight before gluing


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Brent is getting ready to glue the leading edge on to the wing ribs of his Pitts

Photo by C. Jeff Dyrek

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To glue this leading edge to the nose ribs is a little bit of a trick and requires special tools.  Here you see Bent Smith, again, wearing gloves.  

The stove has just been lit and he is practicing the gluing process.  Remember, the gluing process can only be done at seventy degrees or above if you want to be sure of a good strong joint.   Building an airplane is expensive and you want to practice every step before you actually mount the component.  When this practice step is done, he will use T-88 epoxy to cement the leading edge into place.


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