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At this point, suitably fortified with a quick shot of brandy, we turned our attention to the wings. Our previous effort, and readers' comments regarding the same, prompted us to go with a redesigned rib, which looks like this:

Plan of the wing rib

We made a raft of ribs from a four-ply paper laminate (as per the rudder and elevators, but with an extra ply) and punched them out to accept the paper-straw spars:

The wings ribs and leather punch

The main spar is formed from three straws, which you have to keep pinned down during glueing to keep them hard up against each other:

The main spar pinned down to keep it straight during glueing

Here's the main spar passing through the ribs...

The main spar passing through the ribs

...and the trailing edge spar in position. Note the high-tech wing assembly jig:

The trailing edge spar also passing through the ribs and the whole wing pinned down

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