Tuesday March 30th, 2004|
Completed Right Elevator
First today was riveting the re-enforcement plates and plate-nuts to the spar. Very straight-forward.
The plans aren't very clear about this, but I later learned that a 'rule of thumb' is to put the manufactured head on the thinner material (in this case the spar) because it reduces the chances of the thinner material being warped when forming a shop head on it. It's no big deal, but as I said it's something you should probably do whenever possible.
Spar riveted to the side rib. I reprimed this part with my rattle-can primer since I scratched it a little with the bucking bar.
After riveting the skin on the understructure, I bent the leading edge. What a pain!
Here's the right elevator completed. Very cool!
Here I am taking a picture of myself in the reflection of the elevator skin. This thing looks awesome.
Ok, another shot of the elevator. Sorry, I'm very proud of this component.