Rudder Priming and skeleton Initial Riveting

October 13th and 20th 2018, 8h

With the decision of priming everything, we went ahead and prime all parts of the Rudder.

Afterwards, we got to the riveting parts, we riveted the fore spar, but the we faced few issues:

  • the bolts and platenuts mentioned for attaching the reinforcement plates did not fit together, the pitch of the thread seems different.  I decided to follow up with Vans about this.
  • Riveting the trailing edge of the rudder is pretty complex.  It is very important to keep the vertical stabilizer straight for good flight performance, unless you wait to experience some pretty non linear dynamics!  We read the instructions, but they are not very clear, so I decided to call Vans about this one as well.

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