Thursday, November 6, 2008

back at the shop

5 hours
After flying commercial all morning from the East coast... I made it to the shop!  Very slow start, it took several tries to get the layout of the lower fuselage attachment face of the rear spar correct.
it is hard to determine how much of a surface blemish is really an issue... any variation in a near perfect mirror surface unreasonably highlights imperfections in workmanship
the heavy doubler attaches the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage
very stiff all riveted together
vertical stabilizer frame riveted together
mind the flange direction and riveting sequence to reach all of the rivets in the field
ta da!  the vertical stabilizer