Rudder Riveted

Tonight was very productive. I got the rudder parts primed. Then assembled the skeleton and riveted it together. The skins went on and were riveted as well including a few REALLY difficult areas to reach. Cheryl lent a hand for a few minutes. Vans says the trailing edge of the rudder is the hardest part of the empennage. It’s crucial to make it straight, within .10 inches variance over a four foot length. The method is to clamp the edge to a piece of aluminum angle to keep it straight, then apply epoxy to fix it in place before setting any rivets. So, the epoxy is done, just needs to cure for a couple days. No big deal so far, and it’s very straight so far. I hope my clecos aren’t ruined by the epoxy though!

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