All projects complete and quite a few lessons learnt! Now waiting for the workshop to be signed off so that I can get started on the vertical stabiliser. The hardest element so far has definitely been riveting with the gun and mushroom head. Twice I have slipped off the manufactured head and dented the skin. I think that riveting with the gun is definitely a 3/4 handed operation. Shaping the leading edge is not easy either and I will take a good deal more time setting up on the kit itself. Overall, the section looks okay, my inspector will give me the verdict. Tools to order:
- Speed deburrer
- More cobalt jobber drills (first one blunt already)
- A better way of connecting the compressor
- Trailing edge drilling jig
I think I have decided on a primer from Stuart Systems – EkoPrime. Emailed them last night and got an immediate response on a Saturday! Looks like you need EkoClean and then EkoEtch before the primer is applied. They distribute through Aircraft Spruce which I should be able to get through LAS. I have built a frame from the empennage crate to spray onto but need to screen off the end of the garage.