How do I make a wing? I can laser cut the ribs just fine but the actual surface is vexing me. If I cover it with something that can actually be bent over the ribs it will deform in wind, if I use something rigid it won't bend over the ribs. how do they do it? It also complicates matters that I want a curved wing.
yep. old school is varnished canvas. New school is thin aluminium over the ribs.
Generally, it's ok that it deforms SLIGHTLY with wind pressure, because it deforms in a predictable manner. you're going to have more issues with the wings flexing if you're expecting it to be totally rigid.
Something more rigid than cloth that may work is steambent wood plys glued up.
Google 'wing covering'.
Pretty much you put something on that when treated (varnish or heat) slightly shrinks. I've done this on model aircraft using tissue paper and very watered down pva glue.
Nice looking ribs. Spars look like shit.
Spars are like I-beams. They take all the bending load. Because of this, they should look like I-beams and be the full height of the wing section.
Stringers and cross-bracing would be good as well.