While sorting through all the various bits and pieces of RV-7 #100 Empennage I've found one item so far that looks damaged, either from it's 16 years in hibernation, or the "love and care" of UPS.
So.... First problem. What to do about this?
The VS-808PP Vertical Spar Plate has a pronounced curve in it as seen below.
The options I'm thinking about are.....
1) Try and straighten it out and hope I don't make things worse.
2) Cleco it "as is" and drive the rivets home. It'll be fine!
3) Bite the bullet early and order a new one.
Seeing as I purchased a second hand kit at considerable savings I've budgeted a certain amount of overhead in dollars for situations like this, but the more of that budget I can hold on to.....