Aft fuselage 10-05 to 10-08

This section requires the VS (fin) to be retrieved from storage in order that the rear bulkheads can be aligned and some holes of varying diameters are match and final drilled through the bulkheads into…

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Riveting…

Took a couple of photos for a fellow 14 builder today to show a couple of tips I discovered on the net when it comes to those first few nervous rivets. I scoured all the…


Aft fuselage 10-01 to 10-04

Right, here we go again. Plenty of parts to separate then deburr. The steel VS mounts have to be straightened using Van’s “whang” technique which involves putting the part in the vice, pre-loading and then…


Elevators finished

Finally finished the elevators. Just need to roll the leading edges and bolt on the counterbalance weights. The leading edge rolling went well and the skins are sitting nicely together. Using a Gorilla tape made…


Elevators – nearly there..

Trailing edges double flush riveted. I used the jig I made for the rudder trailing edge which has the same spacings to ensure the right hand trailing edge stayed true whilst riveting. I partially set…


Elevators 09-18 to 09-26

The elevator marathon continues. The rear spar and riveting has been passed by my inspector and the now the root and tip ribs have been riveted. Front spar riveted along with shear clips and stiffeners….


Elevators 09-14 to 09-18

All prepping and priming is now complete and it is time to start some satisfying construction. The first task is to rivet the counterbalance ribs back to back and attach to the forward spars. All…


Elevators – prep and priming

Not my favourite part of the build but it has to be done. The prep is slightly more onerous for the elevators as allowance has to be made for where the foam ribs are stuck…


Elevators 0910 – 0914

The elevators and trim tab are proving to be a bit of a marathon. Since the last enthralling episode I have been mainly deburring, countersinking and dimpling. I received the modified male dimple and reduced…


Elevators – 0901 to 0909

Quite a lot of parts in the elevators! It's like Vans have been ramping you up to this and suddenly each page has about 10 instructions instead of a couple like before. The trailing edge…