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Old 11-12-2019, 09:46 PM
vernh59 vernh59 is offline
 
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Got a call that my kit was in town, well, close, so I went to pick it up. There it is covered with something heavy and damaged. Couldn't believe it.



After they drug it out you could see the side was broken loose.



Doesn't look too bad.



After getting the crate open, I could see all was well. Only one bent tab that's easy to fix. Now for the inventory.

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Old 11-12-2019, 10:01 PM
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All closed up. Checked for level in several places.



Next, rolling the leading edges of the elevators. Ive been putting this off. What a PITA!!. The left was first and I didn't get it rolled quite enough so there is some pillowing between the rivets. The right came out much better.







Elevators attached and checking for alignment. I measured the rod ends to get them as close to the same as possible. No binding.



With the elevators clamped in trail, the trailing edges look good.



From what I've seen, pretty typical misalignment.



Carefully drilled the horns per the directions. First using the a drill through a bushing and then a unibit for final sizing.



Final drilling complete and reinstalled the elevators. The hinge works great. No binding and the elevators seem to be well balanced.
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:09 PM
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Maybe it just the camera angle, but if that's the final position of the elevators, it doesn't look like the cutout notch in the aft h/s spar is wide enough to prevent the horns from hitting it at full down elevator?
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:48 PM
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Your right Terry. The picture was taken before I cut additional relief for the horns.
Good eye!
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:13 AM
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I noticed it because I'm putting together a new H/S for an old kit I bought and I'm debating whether there's enough advantage to cutting that notch ahead of time to temporarily attach the elevators to the aft spar in red to get hat dimension, or if it's easier to wait until I've got the HS complete and do it then
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:51 AM
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I noticed it because I'm putting together a new H/S for an old kit I bought and I'm debating whether there's enough advantage to cutting that notch ahead of time to temporarily attach the elevators to the aft spar in red to get hat dimension, or if it's easier to wait until I've got the HS complete and do it then
This is an abandoned kit that I took over. The notch you see was from the original builder. I would wait and make the cut after you assemble the elevators to the rear spar. Just be sure and protect the spar while you cut the web. I used a scrap piece of aluminum and patience.
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:11 PM
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Starting the fuselage with laying out the stiffeners and fabricating brackets and doublers. Already had to order another angle because I cut the angle too short. Have to be more careful laying out these parts.
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Old 11-22-2019, 04:38 PM
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Sooooooo, IM at work and it looks like all of my pics are gone! Anybody else?
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:14 PM
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I can see them all just fine
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:21 PM
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One of the first things in the fuselage is to build these brackets. I cut them to size and cleaned them up. Next I clamped them in place and back drilled. What i didn't do, is round the back of this angle so it would sit in the angle behind. The holes then were WAY too close to the other flange. Oh well. Try again.



Dimpling the firewall. Have to remember the AN426 rivets smooth face is AFT. All others are forward,



LOTS of countersinking on these aluminum angles.
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