Time: 6 Hours
Today’s items for the hangar were to rivet all the stiffeners to the skins as well as the trim servo plate. The servo plate was made possible as my tool order from Avery tools arrived. I needed a #6 dimple die to dimple the plate where the #6 screws will hold the plate on the elevator. All these parts get back riveted.
Here you can see the trim servo plate support riveted in place. It has the 7 nut plates riveted to it for the #6 screws to attach. Notice the smaller heads of the NAS1097’s compared to the AN426 rivets.
The next step will be to bend(flatten) the trailing edge of the left and right elevators. For this you need a brake and Vans describes how to make one. I used 2×6’s, one 5′ long and the other a little shorter. Then hinges are screwed to combine the two boards.
I was able to get about half way done but my clamps started slipping, so I stopped for the night and will get better pipe clamps tomorrow. Half way done and they look great, it just takes a lot of torque! and need a good clamp. Today was a great day in the hangar, I’m going to have to order the wings soon since I’m running out of aluminum. 🙂