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Rudder work

March 16, 2011

No I am not dead, nor have I fallen off the face of the earth.  This week (week of the 14th) I am traveling all week, so I get nothing done on the plane while it sits in the garage and I sit in an airport hotel.

This past weekend I did get some stuff done, but I didn’t record much on the blog.  I spent a LOT of time staring at my plans…staring at the pile of parts…staring at the plans some more.

I got the majority of the work done on the rudder.  It is pretty much ready for riveting.  I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out the trailing edge of the rudder.  At the trailing edge, two very thin sheets of aluminum come together.  In between the sheets goes an angled piece of aluminum called an AEX wedge.  The riveting process on these three pieces is very tricky.  Y0u back rivet them, but you have to do it a little at a time, then flip the whole rudder over and back rivet them backwards.  Its all very finicky work.  I should just go ahead and order a new wedge now and get it over with.

Dear Mr. FAA man, here I am building it.

Here are some random photos and comments I took over the weekend…

This is a life saver for dimpling really hard to reach holes.

This is why you need that tool for tight fits. You cant get a normal dimpling rig in there.

Found these at Sears. I've seen them a few times at Lowes. Viewtainer is the company that makes them.

I made this wedge jig from one I saw on the VAF forums.


Again, Adam taking self portraits.

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