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…


Little steps

The practice project is a good learning curve and it is nice to see something fabricated that looks like an aircraft part.  Next step is to rivet the skins and figure out how to get…


Practice project started

I ordered the Vans practice project with the Empennage kit and have made a start.  Quite a bit of learning here with stiffeners requiring to be cut from angle material and the first tentative go…


Workshop

Workshop complete

It took a while, having demolished a disused boiler house, built benches, moved solar plumbing, built a new store for all the bikes, installed a compressor and created as much space as is possible. Should…