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Left Elevator

Started work on the Left Elevator 1/5/2006 - Started work on the Left Elevator
I cleoced on the reinforcement plates to the main spar and final drilled them. ... read more
Getting the left elevator spars and ribs ready for assembly 1/8/2006 - Getting the left elevator spars and ribs ready for assembly
After taking everything apart, I countersinked the top row of rivet holes on the elevator spar. This allows use of a flat head rivet on the outer skin and attachment for the elevator hinge inside the ... read more
Primed the Left Elevator Inerds 1/11/2006 - Primed the Left Elevator Inerds
Today I had some off time to work non-stop on the RV. You know you're having fun when you forget to eat or pee. I put on my double filter rubber mask that I got Lowes and primed the inerds on a hunk o ... read more
Getting setup to put in the rest of the spar rivets 1/12/2006 - Getting setup to put in the rest of the spar rivets
I had quite a few rivets left to be put in, riveting the elevator skin into the main spar. I wedged two 4 inch foam mattresses between the spar and the bottom skin to hold the spar away from the skin. ... read more
Getting ready to backrivet the stiffeners on the left elevator bottom 1/16/2006 - Getting ready to backrivet the stiffeners on the left elevator bottom
After taping the top of the elevator skin to the backboard, I put a couple of foam rubber mattresses under the skin to hold it up while I taped down the rivets. ... read more
Making the E-921 Elevator Gusset (otherwise known as the cuss-it) 1/17/2006 - Making the E-921 Elevator Gusset (otherwise known as the cuss-it)
Just a few extra words in the instructions would help save a few hours of freak-out time when trying to figure out something like this. The instructions give this part a name as if it was a part. It a ... read more
Drilled the Left Elevator trailing edge 1/18/2006 - Drilled the Left Elevator trailing edge
This time I think I know what I'm doing. I raised the trailing edge with a couple of boards until the chord line of the elevator was parallel to the table. I marked the aluminum wedge center line and ... read more
Started work on scuffing the Trim Tab skin for the foam wedges 2/5/2006 - Started work on scuffing the Trim Tab skin for the foam wedges
It was little tough trying to figure out exactly where to draw the lines for the scuffing of the trim tab interior for the foam wedge attachment, but I think I got right. I used my framing square agai ... read more
Started work on attaching the Trim Tab Horn 2/8/2006 - Started work on attaching the Trim Tab Horn
The instructions say to rivet the Trim Tab Horn to the Trim Tab skin. This seemed a little weird to me, knowing that I would have to bend the skin end tabs at some point. The Trim Tab Horn would defin ... read more
Started work on bending the end tabs on the control horn side 2/9/2006 - Started work on bending the end tabs on the control horn side
What a major pain in the butt! The instructions say to go ahead and rivet the trim tab horns on and then bend the tabs on the skin. I beg to differ. I can see that riveting on the control horns would ... read more
Enlarged the tab end holes to #30 2/13/2006 - Enlarged the tab end holes to #30
These holes will be dimpled using my Avery pop-rivet dimplers. Flush-rivet pop-rivets will be used here. ... read more
I've got wings! 2/15/2006 - I've got wings!
400 pounds of pure joy! The trucking company got their delivery schedule a little bit messed up. The wings were supposed to arrive between 11 am and 1 pm, but didn't. I called them and found out that ... read more
Prosealed in the foam wedges 2/16/2006 - Prosealed in the foam wedges
Once again, I forgot take pictures. I mixed up some proseal and put a layer of it on the wedges and placed them inside the trim tab skin. Then I made the wooden clamps according to the plans and put e ... read more
Riveted the Left Elevator trailing edge 2/19/2006 - Riveted the Left Elevator trailing edge
I put my steel angle on the edge of the work bench and back riveted the rivets and then finished them off with the mushroom head. This time I didn't turn the elevator over to finish off the rivets. I ... read more
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