February 3, 2021
Took the right tank off so that I could cut and flare the fuel line. After I flared the fuel line I put the tank back on with a few screws to make sure that everything would fit, and allow me to fit the wing root fairings.
Fit and drilled the wing root fairings. It is nice to do something easy and simple for a change.
Started on the new rudder today. I got as far as cutting the stiffeners out and back drilling half of them to the left rudder skin.
Finished back drilling all the rudder stiffeners, deburred all the stiffeners and both skins and started dimpling.
Finished deburring / dimpling the stiffeners and skins. Primed the stiffeners
Backriveted the stiffeners to the rudder skins and started fitting the rudder skeleton pieces together
Drilled all the rudder skeleton parts together and started deburring / dimpling the parts.
Finished the deburring and dimpling of the rudder parts except for the trailing edge piece. I still need to countersink that thing
Finished all the dimpling and countersinking and primed the rest of the rudder parts.
Started riveting the rudder parts together. I got as far as the reinforcement plates the bottom rib and the counterbalance skin.
Inventoried and stored the firewall forward kit. All I need now is an engine.
Did a little more riveting on the rudder.
Measured and measured and measured the lower attach points for the VS and finally drilled one of the holes. I got nervous about the bolt callout and decided to call Van's tommorrow and ask before I continue, so I finished up by building a little stand to hold the fuselage up while I install the engine mount for good.
Finished the second rudder. I must say I liked the first one better. I did'nt care for the whole riveted trailing edge thing.
Took the wings off and rearranged things to get ready to finish the tail installation, the fuselage and canopy.
Drilled the VS attach plate (number two) to the HS forward spar. It shouldn't have taken two hours but I had already messed one up and I didn't want to mess up another one. I also got the VS aligned and a couple of the holes drilled that hold it to the attach plate.
Finished drilling all the holes that attach the vertical stabilizer, and started working on the empennage fairing.
Worked on the lower emp fairing. F-794A. After I tried trimming it so that the rubber channel would fit I decided that I would rather not use the rubber channel. It is just too dificult to get it to fit well. So I'll do the other side by just cutting the aluminum piece to fit close.
Spent all day on the !@#?% emp fairing. I am much happier with the 'close fit' method for the lower fairing as opposed to the rubber channel. I think I'll reorder the piece for the other side and do it the same way. The fiberglass piece is a real pain and I still don't have it fitting right.
Countersunk the longerons where the aft canopy decks will rivet. Clecoed the forward fuselage structure together to make sure that everything would fit. I am trying to get what I need installed so that I can paint the inside of the cockpit.
Worked on finishing up all the little details inside the cabin that I seem to have left undone.
Trimmed the plastic from the rivet lines on the top fuselage skin. Installed the nutplates in the bulkhead for the emp fairing and started riveting the top fuse skins on.
Did some more riveting of the top skins.
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