I'm building the tailwheel model and currently working on Section 10 that deals with attaching the Vertical Stabilizer to the Aft Fuselage assembly. In the plans excerpt below, you are instructed to match-drill three 1/4" holes and final-drill two #12 holes in the locations indicated.
Well, let's just say, I didn't exactly follow the directions! I still can't believe I did this!? I mistakenly drilled a 1/4" hole in the location identified as "#30 Drill Bit". It is UNBELIEVABLY obvious to me now that this hole should NOT have been drilled. Here is the result:
I emailed Van's support and was instructed to insert two more rivets between the Systems Hole and the side edges of the Hinge Bracket and add a bolt/washer/nut to the errant 1/4" hole I mistakenly drilled. The rivets would work out fine; however, due to the bend in the Hinge Bracket, there is not enough room to fit a nut (or bolt). Ironically, on the RV-14, if I had not accidentally drilled the 1/4" hole in the first place, the previous #30 hole in this location would NOT have received any hardware and be left open. So.....
Couple of questions:
1. Since there is not any hardware ultimately used in this hole location (al beit it should be a #30 not a 1/4" hole), can I just leave as is?
2. Should I rebuild the Vertical Stabilizer Spar (as it now also has a 1/4" hole in it) and replace the Hinge Bracket due to the "extra" hole I drilled?
Lastly, regardless of what I do to the Vertical Stabilizer Spar, there are also now two holes in the F-01412A & B Bulkheads. As shown below, one hole is the Systems hole (should be there) and the other is the 1/4" hole that should not be there.
3. Can I leave these Bulkheads as they are with the two holes?
4. Should I replace the two Bulkheads due to the errant hole?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.