May 2018

Horn Drilling 11-03 & 04

Having carefully set up the elevators the next job is drilling the horn pivot holes with a #30 drill bit. Having clamped the elevator mass balances to align with the tailplane, the horns are clamped…


A twist in the tale!

I decided to see how true the elevators turned out, with a view to deciding how to play the elevator horn drilling. Another Stanley tool, a Fatmax SCL Laser Level, proved very good at telling…


11-02 Attaching Elevators

Having finished the aft fuselage, I’ve been taking advantage of the better weather and doing some flying! My Fuselage & Wings shipment is due to arrive on Friday 1st June, and I’d like to get…


Aft Fuselage Finished!! 10-30 to 32

After 163hrs of work the Aft Fuselage is finished. L Top Skin The top side skins fitted like a glove. It never ceases to amaze me how accurate the parts have been fabricated by Vans,…


Top Skin 10-29

Time for some more back-rivetting to attach 3 pieces to the top skin prior to attaching it to the top side skins. The manual specified 3-3.5 rivets for everything, but the skin doubler/fuselage rib/top skin…


Fin Match Drilling 10-28

Quite exciting this bit, since it actually looks like a real plane! Vans say cleco, clamp and line up using a #30 drill bit. This all seemed to work, but I also propped up the…


Static Ports 10-22

Fitting the Cleaveland Static Air Vent kit proved a simple and satisfying little job. Rather than cut the tubes to length first as advised by the manual, I started on the right side and routed…


Baggage Area Painting

As mentioned in the last post, I realised that several other areas in the structure will be visible in the baggage area. Although a bit of extra work, in order to keep my options open,…



Aft Deck 10-27

We managed to set a lot of the aft decking rivets with the squeezer, but a few could only be reached with the gun. The two rivets highlighted in the picture proved to be very…