Note: Section 1 through 5 are general building instructions and best practices, Section 6 is the vertical stabilizer
Vertical Stabilizer: We Started building parts, and it feels sooooo good.
- Match drilled pieces per the plan
- Filed and de-burred all of the edges
- Buffed the edges with the Scotch-Brite wheel
- Fluted the ribs to straighten and fit the parts together to ensure proper fit
- Hours to date: 46
I left the blue film on until final airplane assembly on the RV 7, this worked out well. I had no issues pulling the film off after 2 years and it really did provide scratch protection. I put some painters tape over the rivet line, so we could slide it under Rafa's bed for storage, without a worry about scratching.
Here is a view of the backplate bonded in place with epoxy and glass fiber. We also used #4 washers to back up the fiberglass and keep the pull rivets from pulling in to or thorough the fiberglass. I bonded the washers in place with goop, works great to keep the washers in place while pulling the rivets.