Service bulletin 00002 was issued shortly after I had finished building the vertical stabilizer. I have had the parts on hand for a while. Removing the old bracket was a quick task. I then riveted the lower holes that are… Read More »SB-00002 (Bottom Rudder Hinge Bracket Replacement)
I reviewed my work yesterday with our local EAA Technical Counselor before proceeding with closing up the vertical stabilizer. Thanks Larry for stopping by – much appreciated! We decided to replace one rivet where a rib flange tab was separated… Read More »Vertical Stabilizer Complete!
First rivet set! I started assembling the vertical stabilizer today with my father-in-law. Most of the rivets in the vertical stabilizer assembly are able to be set with a pneumatic squeezer (except the skin). The pneumatic squeezer was easy enough… Read More »Vertical Stabilizer Riveting
I cleaned, etched, and primed one side of the vertical stabilizer parts and inside of the skin this evening. The paint booth worked great! I followed the method described by RV8SA on YouTube (Stewart Systems Prime Video). I purchased the… Read More »Priming the Parts for the Vertical Stabilizer
I finished up page 6-2 and completed page 6-3 in a few separate work sessions this weekend. In my collection of notes from other build logs I have a note to avoid attempting to force the VS nose ribs into… Read More »Vertical Stabilizer Initial Assembly and Prep
Completed the first cut this evening by trimming the vertical stabilizer rear spar caps on the band saw. The project has officially begun. Completed page 6-2 through step 3 and called it a night.