Next up was the Rudder. I don't have any pictures of the rudder itself being built because all I have done so far (except the skins I talked about in a previous post) is prepare and prime the skeleton of the rudder. I am waiting until my EAA technical advisor has a chance to look at my work before I button it all up. So in the mean time I started working on the elevators. The left elevator is suppose to be one of the hardest parts of the entire empennage kit. I will have to do lots of reading before I start work on the trim tab which is the offending part of the left elevator.
In the pictures below you can see the "jig" I set up to allow me to get into the tight spaces inside the elevator skins and match drill the stiffeners.
|Stiffener cleco'd on with my improvised hold down device (lead weights in a tray).|
|The inside of the right elevator skin as I match drill the stiffeners.|
|The back side of the right elevator skin. Notice how its all bowed outward? This is because it was pre-bent at the factory and I have to open it up to work on the inside.|