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Fin & Rudder Attach 11-08 to 09

It was a quick job to bolt on the fin, since the sternpost holes had already been match drilled in an earlier step. Nicely Rigged! Out of interest (since there would be nothing to do…


Attaching Tailplane 11-05 to 06

Quite enjoyable this part, since you can convince yourself that you’ve nearly built an aeroplane. Hmmm … : ) The front attach holes have already been drilled ages ago in a previous step, but happily…



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…