Category Archives: Empennage

Back in the shop finally!

It has been a trying and sometimes painful 14 months since I put the airplane project on hold.  But, I’m finally working on the airplane again.  I’d started on the horizontal stab front spar last week.  The spar halves were … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle

Got back from my trip to Talkeetna, Alaska.  Check out my trip report that will go in the “Flying Adventures” page. Today, I finished riveting the Vertical Stab.  I have one boogered up rivet on the aft edge, next to … Continue reading

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Work Stoppage and some reworked Items

Haven’t posted in a few days.  Never the less, I’ve been pretty busy. My daily driver blew up on the freeway, doing 65mph!  Results: 1 new car, less in the old cash reserve, and less monthly discretionary budget.  Just as … Continue reading

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Vertical Stab, …Almost!

Got the VS skin drilled onto the skeleton, all parts deburred, dimpled and primed.  But, I’m taking the night off tonight because banging rivets and making loud noises would not be in my best interest right now.  I’ve spent almost … Continue reading

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Vertical Stabilizer jigging

As I’ve said, my empennage kit is 15 years old.  So, I don’t have the benefit of match-hole technology that the newer kits have.  The skin on the vertical stab is pre-punched.  But, the ribs and forward spar are not.  … Continue reading

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Doh! Big Mistake…

So, I got ahead of myself in fabricating the forward spar reinforcing angles, HS-810/HS-8-14.  The instructions said to drill all pilot holes.  I thought this included the holes 1/2″ outboard of centerline and the holes for the two rib locations.  … Continue reading

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Horizontal Stab, Rear Spar Assembly

Decided to play around a bit with the time-lapse video camera.  This is just raw video.  No editing, and no music! Here, the HS rear spar is already assembled with clecos.  I’m riveting it all together.  I got a couple … Continue reading

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First Actual Airplane Part

Progress!  I’ve finally gotten my posts to appear in the build log and the build log to appear in the top menu. Perhaps now, I can finally make this thing work the way I intended 😉 Here’s my first self-manufactured … Continue reading

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