2 July 2008
Assembling Vertical Stabilizer

2.5 hours

Assembling rear spar and doubler, plus hinge brackets
Assembling rear spar and doubler, plus hinge brackets (Full size)

I started the vertical stabilizer by cleco'ng together the rear spar and doubler. I then final drilled the holes in the two pieces. I then cleco'd on the 3 sets of hinge brackets and final drilled them.

Assembling fwd spar, rear spar and ribs of vert stab
Assembling fwd spar, rear spar and ribs of vert stab (Full size)

I then got out the 4 ribs and deburred, scotch-brited, and fluted them. This didn't take long. Then I cleco'd them to the forward and rear spars and final drilled the holes.

Assembling vert stab skin
Assembling vert stab skin (Full size)

I then put on the skin, and cleco'd it in place. I didn't start to final drill the skin holes. That will wait for another day.


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