The horizontal spars are riveted to the spar channels and the internal frame of the horizontal stabilizer is taking shape. I’m going to try to have my work inspected at this point to be sure my workmanship is good enough to proceed before riveting skins on. I’m hoping to have Jeff Point, EAA Technical Counselor Extrordinaire give me a hand here.
So all that progress earlier has been taken apart. The ribs and skins were deburred and dimpled. Gave me a chance to try out some more tools. I’ve realized that a pneumatic rivet squeezer will pinch a finger off in a hurry if you’re not careful.
Got started on the horizontal spar. It includes the hinge brackets for the elevator.
Cheryl helped with the inventory of the empennage that arrived today. Took a couple of hours to count and sort all the parts. Next, the build…
I’ve ordered the empennage for the RV7 on 8/15/12. Vans did not make this an easy decision. Just prior to making my order, Vans released a new model. The RV14 is a slightly bigger airplane, but the kit is more refined. It is also more expensive, primarily because it requires a larger engine. The price difference is expected to be about $20,000. That made the decision a bit easier.
My Cleaveland tool order was delivered yesterday. My RV tool kit was pricey and didn’t take up much space! There are items in the tool kit whos function is still a mystery.