Category Archives: Empennage

Elevators (continued)

November 8th, 2016, I finish match-drilling right elevator and thought I’d catch the left elevator up and then deburr and prime everything together.  It didn’t work out that way, as I flubbed with the Left elevator tip rib and then … Continue reading

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Elevators

Began Working on elevators on Sept. 7th, 2016.  Had elevator horns powder coated at local shop for $85. I’m also working on the wings.  But, I’m keeping blog posts here separated by category (tail, wings, fuselage, etc…) to make easier … Continue reading

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Rudder

Rudder completed.  Here’s the run-down:    

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Vertical Stab(v2.0)

Jul 4 – Jul 19, 2016 Wasn’t too thrilled with the first vertical stabilizer I built last year.  The skin rivets weren’t flush.  With more practice, some new tools, and a little guidance from more experienced builder friends, I was … Continue reading

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Horizontal Stab Finished

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Horiz. Stab Skins Matched-Drilled

The HS skins are all drilled on.  Took a little coaxing to get everything lined up.  But, its all ready to tear down, de-burr, dimple, and prime prior to final assembly.

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Back to Van’s for parts and a question

I wasn’t happy with the way the HS-405 inboard main ribs for the horizontal stab turned out after modifying them per the service bulletin (SB14.01.31).  So, I ordered new ones.  Although, I ordered the HS-405s, they are now identified as … Continue reading

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SB 14.01.31

3 hours today.  Cut relief notches in HS-602 forward spar halves.  Match drilled the HS spar web stiffeners to the HS-602.  And, marked the center lines on all HS forward spar and rib flanges in preparation to match drill the … Continue reading

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Head scratching, and shop cleaning

Was going to jig up the horizontal stab like the Orndorff video.  But, something got me scratching my head.  The two HS-608 mid-ribs, and 2 HS-405 ribs, between the front and rear HS spars are not match-drilled to the rear … Continue reading

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Front Spar Progress!

Today, after 2 days of reading, worrying, procrastinating, and practicing on scraps, I made the bend!  I bent the HS-810 and HS-814 ears to exactly 6 degrees, using my homemade go-no-go gauge. Van’s Says make the gauge out of cardboard. … Continue reading

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