Rudder 07-06 to 07-09

Inner skins primed and masked for tape in trailing edge.  Started to back rivet the stiffeners to the skins.  Back riveting should be fairly straightforward unless you slip off the plate and dent the skin…


Rudder 07-03 to 07-05

Riveted the ribs, reinforcement plates and nut plates to the rudder spar after priming all the parts yesterday.  Awkward rivets again inside the spar flanges.  Rivets that I hit with the assistance of an extra…


Spray bay

After my first session spraying primer I realised that the spray had gone everywhere in the workshop leaving a fine coat of grey dust on everything.  Solution: shower curtain spray bay suspended by steel wire…


Vertical Stabiliser- complete

The inspector called and he gave me the nod to fix the rear spar to the VS.  Skins riveted and the rear spar attached to the ribs.  I couldn’t use the squeezer in about half…


Vertical Stabiliser 06-05

Rear spar riveted.  Use the c-frame with the extension to set the AN470s as the squeezer would not fit over the flange.  Saw this on another builder’s site and it gave consistent shop heads.  The…


Priming – first go

It had to happen and after much consternation I got going with priming the VS parts.  I have absolutely zero spraying experience so this was a voyage into the unknown.  I had purchased an Iwata AZ3…


Rudder 07-01 to 07-02

Whilst waiting to get on with priming I thought I would crack on with the rudder.  The first couple of stages involve cutting the stiffeners and various other parts.  I don’t have a bandsaw (yet)…


Vertical Stabiliser 06-05

As per most of the build there is a lot of taking built items to bits again.  This needs to be done to deburr all the match and final drill holes.  Once the VS was…



Practice projects complete

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…