While landing light access is still as good as it gets … decided to finish up the landing light instillation. Before doing any riveting, thought it would be prudent to test the landing light. Two 9 volt transistor radio batteries were placed in parallel and then connected to the landing light connector.
Good news … all the LED’s were illuminated. Yep!
It is bright!
Knowing that the light worked in both steady and
pulse mode, it was time to finalize the instillation. The grounds for the wiring were connected and
the landing light ribs were riveted onto the W-1203 outboard skin. There was a
small issue with the mounting bolts bottoming out in the light, however, this was
resolved by using thicker washers than the ones that came with the light from
Riveting the landing light ribs onto the W-1203 outboard
With the shims in place that were made to take
up the small gap between the landing light ribs and the W-1203 skin, the ribs were
finally riveted onto the W-1203 skin. Thankfully, this caused very little distortion
of the wing skin so making the shims was time well spent.
I posted a question on one of the forums about
leaving the lens out until after painting and was told that is the way to go …
so guess the lens will not be installed until after paint.