Finished Vertical stab and…

…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.  

I the. Proceeded to rivet the skin to the front spar and middle rib, here you can see all the shop heads on the front spar as well as the middle rib.  

 After the front spar was riveted to the skin, I used my squeezer to rivet the rear spar to the skins followed by the root and tip ribs. Here’s the end result!  

And here’s the obligatory empennage mock up. It’s so cool to see this come together. Approaching my second week of work, I will begin work on the rudder. 

Finished Vertical stab and…

Began riveting vertical stab

Tonight I spent 2 hours and I cleaned, primed and began riveting the vertical stab.

Here’s all the skeleton parts after priming.

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.

These have to be flush because this is where the rear stab is flush against the fuselage.

Here you can see all the universal rivets between the rear spar and the reinforcing bar. The missing rivets will be riveted to the ribs when closing up the stab.

Here’s a close up of the shop heads, they were perfectly measured to be 0.1875″ using calipers. That makes them exactly 1.5x the original rivet diameter.

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.

Began riveting vertical stab

Prepped vertical stab

Today I spent 3 hours disassembling and prepping all the surfaces for primining.

Here you can see the dimples on the vertical stab skin, these will accept the flush rivets that attach the rear spar to the skin.

Here’s another view of the dimples, these were all reached with the DRDT-2 dimpler. Super easy to use and very quiet.

Here you can see the counter sinks for the rear spar dimples, this is necessary because the front side of the spar will sit flush against the rear fuselage bulkhead.

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.

Prepped vertical stab