Rudder

Rudder completed.  Here’s the run-down:

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7/12/16 Finished shaping stiffeners and trim to final length.

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8/13/2016 Stiffeners and skin primed and riveted together.

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8/16/2016 using 1/8 inch dowel rod to form the trailing edge radius.

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Homemade sheet metal brake for forming the trailing edge.

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8/23/2016 Test fitting the rudder skeleton for top rib spacing.

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9/5/2016 Rudder horn and support fitted. Rudder is ready to get cleaned up, deburred and dimpled.

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9/20/2016 Deburred, dimpled, primed and riveted. Now ready to form leading edge.

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9/21/2016 Leading edge formed, ready to rivet with CS-4-4 blind rivets. Had trouble getting joggle in top skin to lay flat. Need to remember to make joggle before curling bottom skin next time.

 

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9/22/2016 Installing rudder hinge bearings with fabricated rod-end bearing tool.

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9/22/2016 Test fitting rudder to vertical stab. Rudder complete (except for fiberglass tip

 

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