Thanks Jase and Flightnut!!
Agree with Jase.
Do invest in good and correct dies though.
Also borrowing a pneumatic squeezer from a Vans builder.
You hardly have to do any, so don't spend big.... I'm just borrowing one of a mate who is building a Van's (and they have to do a tonne).... Good quality dies though!
Can someone recommend a squeezer for dimpling the skin? The prices for different brands are all over the place- not sure if this calls for a big investment or not. Thanks!
That is correct Eric, the leading edge skin covers it.
In the Navy, we had both styles. With and without the plastic non-maring foot. It depends on how much space you have. It does help if you are trying not to leave a small mark on the face of the part. But seeing as this is the base peice you won't
be able to see it under the aircraft skin. Is this correct Eddie?
The Spruce one doesnt have the foot either... ok cool if I need one I can soon make one and fit it
And there you go, Flightnut just showed the one I have.
I hadn't really paid attention to other models, but you are correct. We did not add that foot, it must be particular to this model. Funny thing is, that feature, while providing a stable, perpendicular alignment, also works against you when drilling the spar, you might not even need the shim I mention in the video with a smaller footprint micro stop.
Thanks Eddie..all the pictures I have seen of the microstop doesnt show that foot..from different suppliers maybe its something you have done there. I ordered mine last night anyway and I can turn up one on my lathe anyway
Charlie, all S-21 models get flush rivets along the top and bottom leading edge wing skins, that is the only place they get them, no option to go full flush rivets from the factory
Eddie, do the SLSA S-21's get the flush rivet treatment? I don't remember seeing that on the detail list. Could be wrong.
Guys, I just checked and our tool kit does not come with the micro stop, sorry for the confusion.
A note to keep in mind - The dimple die for dimpling the skin is also not in the tool kit.
Eddie the white plastic foot you hav on the microstop tool is that something you made to push onto the front of the tool to use as a foot. I can surprising get a kit here with all the right size countersinks for a very reasonable price but it doesnt show that foot piece
Jase you maybe interested in this as well or any other aussie builders https://www.henchman.com.au/CCK1000/9-Piece-Countersink-Cage-_and_-Cutter-Kit/pd.php
Wow - that's good value Mark
@Jase Henchman tools are usually very expensive but I will get on the blower and order one tomorrow. Its too cheap to refuse
Mark, the Micro-stop we have comes with that white base. As soon as I get to the factory this morning, I'll check to see if they come this way. Not 100% sure, but I believe we include one in the tool kit, I'll post back soon.