November 2017

Rudder 07-08 to 07-11

Used the squeezer to get the 470 rivets on the spar reinforcing plates. And with a bit of manoevering the control horn assembly. Back Riveting First bit of back-riveting. Used rivet tape to keep all…


Priming Rudder Parts

Preparation for priming … scuffing lightly with maroon Scotchbrite, then cleaning and degreasing with Acetone. I’m using  a CERTEK™ Non-Linting wiping roll, which is a clean lint free wiping product that will not tear or shred fibre….


Rudder 07-07

Marking & trimming the TE piece to length. That Trailing Edge!! Various other people have deviated from the suggested Van’s method to ensure a straight trailing edge. Namely to cleco the trailing edge to a…


Rudder 07-02 to 07-06

Used the bandsaw to seperate the stiffeners, then the vixen file to straighten the cuts, then the Scotchbrite Wheel to smooth. Deburring Spar Vixen file again for the spar edges to remove the little saw…



Vertical Stabiliser Priming

There are many different ways to prime, and I found deciding which way to go hard. So many different opinions and reasoned arguments. I was very tempted by the “water borne” primers for obvious health…


Jointing Compound?

Another major decision is whether to use jointing compound or not. Again lots of different opinions. And of course one very important opinion to take note of is that of your inspector! And mine is…