The nose skins were still pretty much an L-shaped piece during assembly so far. Before cutting out the hinge openings, I wanted to bend the skin more into the final shape so I would be less prone to crease the narrow skin sections left after cutting out the holes.
Low tech all the way, I carefully bent the skins using a couple of clamps, various thickness boards and various diameter PVC pipes. The bottom of the skin was clamped between the board and the table. A second keeper board was clamped as well to hold the PVC pipe of choice next to the top of the skin so I could put the pressure to the skin without the pipe moving around.
I varied the thickness of the board and diameter of the pipe to keep moving the bending action ‘up’ the skin toward the back end toward the spar flange. IMPORTANT! Use a stiff board or something similar to spread the bending pressure evenly across the skin! Here I’m using my aluminum door frame I-beam to apply pressure to the bend.
It is amazing how much bending 2024 T3 can take before you get a bend to set.