Monday, February 17, 2014

Rudder progress

Rudder counterweight all installed.
Remember to add lock tite, so that one day the screw doesn't  loosen up and interfere with your rudder operation.

Very satisfying results on the rudder stiffener back riveting project.

I LOVE back-riveting!

Took a break from building to travel to the Peach State Aerodrome to see the Curtiss Jenny that my friends Brian Karli (right) and Ron Alexander just finished restoring.  They could have built a squadron of RVs in the time they spent over the last 6.5 years, along with lots of volunteer help, restoring this important historical aircraft.  Although my private pilot son Zak was invited to occupy the cockpit, he did not get to fly.  Phase 1 test flying is just starting.

It's tough to pull Zak away from the Co-eds in Athens Georgia, but a chance to see the Jenny fly did it!

Countersinking the rudder trailing edge.

Rudder stiffener in its' natural habitat.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rudder skins

A rudder skin in its' prime!

Rudder skin all clecoed up and ready for match drilling, deburring , scuffing, cleaning and priming.

Trying out my new Cleveland tool edge brake tool.  I like it.  This is the trailing edge of the rudder skin.