Empennage Archive

  • Bulk of Right Elevator Finished

    Bulk of Right Elevator Finished

    Three months and 22 hours later I’m finally doing another post.  Very close, literally an hour, from finishing up the right elevator.  Left elevator, with electric trim is next, hope to have that done by 2013.

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  • Elevator Stiffners, Bend and Stow

    Elevator Stiffners, Bend and Stow

    Finished left elevator stiffners and backrivet.  Bent trailing edges and built jig for left elevator. 

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  • Left Elevator Stiffeners Form, Finish, Prime

    Left Elevator Stiffeners Form, Finish, Prime

    Four hours.  3 hours forming bottom left elevator stiffners, finished, dimpled, primed. 1 Hour dimpling left elevator skin.  Back rivetting next.

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  • Left Elevator Devinylize and Trim Plate

    Left Elevator Devinylize and Trim Plate

    Got motivated to do two more hours after lunch.  Devinylized the left elevator skin.  Drilled, deburred, formed and buffed the trim plate.   Cleaned up filings and started up the Dirt Dog Robot Vacuum on the way out the door.

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  • Left Elevator Top Stiffener Work

    Left Elevator Top Stiffener Work

    Spent 2.0 hours drilling stiffeners to skin, deburring, buffing, dimpling and Scotch Brite on the top stiffeners.  Primed and done for now.  Travelling for a few weeks so don’t expect to make any progress for a while.

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  • Left Elevator Stiffener Cut and Cleco

    Left Elevator Stiffener Cut and Cleco

    2.5 hours taking stock, cutting and trimming to fit left elevator skin.  Also cleco’d in place the trim motor structure piece.

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  • Right Elevator Stiffeners In Place

    Right Elevator Stiffeners In Place

    Two hours to finish dimpling the right elevator skin and backrivet the stiffeners into place.

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  • Right Elevator Stiffeners Complete

    Right Elevator Stiffeners Complete

    Logged another 2.5 hours, finished deburring, forming, buffing to satin with scotchbrite and priming. The paint booth works very well.  Endlessly vacuuming up the filings. Pleased with the final product.

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  • Right Elevator Stiffener Work

    Right Elevator Stiffener Work

    Cut stiffners from stock, finished one half of right elevator forming and smoothing, deburring, dimpling.  Need to do same for other half, clean and prime.  Dimpling of skin is next.  3 hours.

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  • Rudder Stow and Rt Elev Stiffners

    Rudder Stow and Rt Elev Stiffners

    Spent 90 minutes stowing the rudder for now.  The vertical fin “holder” had enough room to carve two more v’s for the rudder.  Also, got the right elevator skin out and organized/labelled the stiffners for the right and left elevators.  But, first a group shot from the week at Lake Kamishkagamu, in Northern Ontario.

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