Today I cut all the stiffeners to length and clecoed them to the skins. Only spent about an hour today but making a start is key.
Today I woke up early and got the trailing edge of the rudder riveted and leading edge rolled. It was good to experience this solo because it was a true test of workmanship and luckily I ended up with a straight trailing edge and round leading edge.
Here you can see that there’s no hook in the trailing edge, it’s not perfectly straight at every rivet, but it’s not hooked. I can try little by little to smooth out the small waves, but it’s not critical.
All in all, the 3 hours I spent were well worth t, and glad to knock off another assembly. On to the elevators!
I thought I’d give a quick update on stuff, I won’t be back in the shop until next week, but I did take off the aluminum angles on the rudder trailing edge, and it turned out perfectly straight. Now I just have to rivet it with some double flush rivets and then I can mark the rudder as complete, then it’s on to the elevators!
Today I cleaned and primed all the rudder parts, then assembled, riveted and glued the trailing edge. I also received the ship date for my quick build wings and fuse.
Here you can see the rivets on the reinforce the plate and the spar. The three reinforcement plate are all very similar. The hole in the center has a nut-plate riveted as well, this will accept the rudder hinges.
Here you can see the blind rivets holding the rudder brace. Also the shop heads of the lower reinforce the plate.
A few days ago I bought some angle stock from Home Depot and match drilled them to the trailing edge. Here you can see it all clecoed together to check straightness. I then disassembled it and applied the sealant to the trailing edge wedge. It was extremely messy and sticky.
All in all I think the 7 hours I spent today were well worth it.
Today I dimpled the rudder structure and skins in preparation for priming.
This morning I riveted all the stiffeners to the skins, even got a little help from mom on a few of the rivets. In the end all of them came out perfectly.
Today I started working on the rudder. I began by trimming to size the rudder skin stiffeners.
I didn’t grab any pictures, but I also scuffed, cleaned, and primed all the stiffeners and the interior of the skins along the rivet holes. Next step is to back rivet the stiffeners to the skins but it was getting too late to get out the rivet gun.
…I placed the order for my quick build wings and fuselage! It’s a big step for me (also a big purchase) and I’m excited to enter into the next phase.
This morning before work I got up and riveted the root ribs to the front spar of the vertical stab.
Tonight I spent 2 hours and I cleaned, primed and began riveting the vertical stab.
Here’s the rear spar flush rivets set. I was able to reach all of these with a squeezer, the ones holding the bottom rudder hinge bracket were a little tricky, but I managed to set them with no issues.
I also began riveting the front spar assembly to the ribs, but it was too late to get out the rivet gun for the lower ribs. The angle on the nose rib flange is too tight to get the squeezer in and I didn’t want to bend it. I’ll have to do the rest of that in the morning.
Today I spent 3 hours disassembling and prepping all the surfaces for primining.
You can also see the surface prep for the primer, this was done on all internal components and the interior of the skins along the rivets.