Together with my dad, we finished the Empennage kit today, by attaching the Elevators to the Horizontal Stabilizer. The counter balance weight arm of the Elevator does not fit in the Horizontal Stabilizer. Hence we have to trim the Horizontal Stabilizer, until it fits.
Before trimming we drill a hole in the corner, because snipping into a corner will result in crackling. By drilling a hole, we prevent stress in the Aluminum. Now we can use the left and right snips to trim the Horizontal Stabilizer.
On both sides we had the “First time right”. The Elevators fitted perfectly in the trimmed Horizontal Stabilizer.
After fastening the hinges and drilling the center hinge holes in the Elevator holes, we could finally attach the Elevators to the Horizontal Stabilizer. Look at the size of this part.
So after 129 hours the Empennage is finished. That is to say, I didn’t do the fairings of the Rudder and the Elevators, but as mentioned before, I’ll pick this up as I do the fairings of the Wings.
Time: 4 Hours, Rivets: 0/0