The empennage is complete! I spent the morning finishing the left elevator, fitting both elevators to the horizontal stabilizer, and rigging the assembly. Now it is hanging on the wall ready to fly!
While bending the leading edge of the left elevator I torqued the vise grip into the top skin and had to stop drill a crack... a bit irritating but nothing to be done about it now... later I will do something about it, file it out, epoxy or glass it in.
Back on the wings, I planned the wiring and power runs through the wing for the pitot and AOA tubes, the pitot heat, autopilot servo, and wingtip conduits. After reassembling the skeleton I completed riveting both wings.
Completing the elevators brings the empennage full circle as they are fitted and rigged to the horizontal stabilizer, the first part constructed.
|finished left elevator...|
|the offending crack at the servo opening|
|later, I ended up expanding the opening a bit to include the stop drilled hole|
|fitting the elevator to the stabilizer some skin needs to be removed|
|I used a nibbler, files, and some emery cloth to finish|
|balancing the elevator it is clearly overweighed in trail...|
|the empennage is complete... pretty much anyway ;)|
|moving back to the wings, I drilled holes for wiring access and a conduit run from the wing root to the tip|
|to get alignment of the conduit holes I drilled them in pairs transferring a pilot hole from a left flange to a right to a left...|
|wing and ribs ready for rivets|
|riveting the forward attachment points on the ribs|
|typical rib to spar rivets|
|finished riveting the ribs|
|wing off of the bench and back in the stand|
|with the wing structure riveted I pulled the wing conduit|
|one wing ready to start skinning|