Yes, the weight does NOT include the tail-wheel. My old spring and tail-wheel is 8.6 lbs. I will let you know the total weight after I get the right tail-wheel bolted on. I think it will be the same weight or a bit lighter.
Ron, Thanks, that is exactly what I had to do. I used some wire to make a needle with the right curve, once the curve is right it worked pretty good. I was hoping to come up with a quicker way, but I don't think there is one! I am sure I can do the next wing faster, I have had plenty of practice now!! Thanks again for your input!
Today I finished stitching the left wing, poly brushed the stitch lines, marked for finish tapes and installed the inspection rings. Poly brushed the finish tape areas (2coats) and the stitching and reinforcement tapes got 4 coats of ply brush. I have also decided on the right wing to do the stitching before covering with the top fabric to make that process easier. That cost me about 3 -4 hours extra labor. With the plywood leading edge, there is no way to stitch except using a fish hook style needle made from flexible wire. Pain in the butt!!!! This will be my last post for a while as I will be repeating this process on the right wing for the next week or two.
It make your control inputs "balanced" or in other words, the weight that you feel on the control stick as you move it will not have a heavy or harder input in any direction. Also in higher speed aircraft, it helps prevent flutter, but this will not be an issue with a Magnum. I am sure there is more out there on this subject, this is just my understanding.