|August 27, 2004||HOME|
The inboard aileron bracket for the left wing got riveted today. There is a pre-punched piece in the kit that doesn't match the piece it is supposed to mate to. Van's sent a replacement. Guess what, it doesn't match either. Now, I am waiting for another replacement.
I made a template of the wingtip cutout. I will use it to place the lighting. That's the landing light, nav lights and strobe. I am using leds for the position lights.
Here's a pic of my first and second try at making holes for the leds. The rivet is for size comparison. This is a 1 watt Lexeon led.
Here is the test lighting of the leds. They were much brighter than I expected. This is a really simple do-it-yourself project and the lighting is brighter than the standard position lights while drawing much less current. I bought a power adapter for the leds rather than using resistors or trying to build my own.
Here is the first line of leds. At this point, I don't really know what the arrangement will look like. These leds have a 140 degree spread and are very uniform. Even so, I'm using two sets. One on the outboard facing plane and one on the forward facing plane. I will also us a reflective backplane to maximize the light distribution and brightness. Below is a pic of the test strip wired together. For now, it looks like this is going to work just fine.