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…


Vertical Stabiliser 06-04

Everything clecoed together, final drilled and a few holes match drilled. Skin Fit around LE Trimmed a small amount off the rib LE’s and rounded them as per manual to ensure the skin would fit…



Van’s Practice Project

Well here goes … The practice kit is really good, getting to play with the tools and generally getting a feel for how all this might work. First dimples and rivet!! First attempt at using the…


Spray Booth Table

Made a simple frame and covered the top in a wire mesh so I’ve got somewhere to lay out pieces for spraying. Some people use the packing case that the kit arrives in for this,…