The mighty subaru overheated on the way to the shop... fortunately we were close enough to drop it off and continue with the day working on the plane. A new water pump and the Subaru is happy again.
We finished up the vertical stabilizer and began the rudder assembly. there was raw fabrication with the stiffeners and a shim for the spar that was neat. back riveting together was fun.
picked up a respirator put it to use... very nice.
I was a bit concerned about the potential for damage of the thin skins in removing the protective film; after reading about a method to peal it off with a wooden dowel on the internet we gave it a try and it works great!
my helper loves to back rivet!
|my Missy helping to get ready for some back riveting on the rudder|
|stiffener stock is from some light weight bent angle|
|love this buffer with a couple of scotch brite wheels for deburring|
|laying out the stiffeners|
|Missy making dimples ;)|
|parts on the wall!|
|Missy dimpling away|
|lots of stiffeners|
|rudder stiffeners ready for priming|
|easy way to remove the plastic coating on sheet aluminum|
|shot for the man... I look awfully thin and tired and I need a haircut!|
|ta da shot of one side of the rudder|