Gap Cover

The Horizontal Stabilizer and the Fuselage do NOT “connect” seamlessly. There is a “gap” between the bottom of the Horizontal Stabilizer and the Fuselage.
The kit provides a small strip of aluminum called the Gap Cover, that “fills” the space between the Horizontal Stabilizer and the Fuselage.

Unfortunately to fasten the Gap Cover to the Fuselage, you need to tap thread into several holes. Turns out I already Riveted these holes. I re-checked the manual and plans, but I can’t find the note that says to NOT rivet these holes.

So I need to drill the rivets out and enlarge them just a little bit to enable tapping thread in them.

You could probably rivet them to the Longeron, but for maintenance it’s easier to make the Gap Cover removable.
Even with the Gap Cover installed, there is still a very small space between the Horizontal Stabilizer and the Gap Cover itself. This is good, because placing hhe aluminum parts against each other would probably go wrong after some time.

To fill this space, you have to cut a piece of rubber strip to the right size to fill that gap in a flexible way.

The rest of the day I prepared enlarging the holes in the Horizontal Stabilizer and Vertical Stabilizer to attach the Empennage Fairing.

Time: 2 Hours, Rivets:  0/0  (2020-05-22)
Time: 4 Hours, Rivets:  0/12 (2020-06-01)


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