Left Elevator Prep and Trim System

November 30th and 26th 2018, 5h

I did counter skin the left elevator in the various locations it was called for.


I prepared the trim system:

  • I spent a lot of time trying to determined where this 2. I called Vans and this 2 pieces are extra from another airplane, they were left in my trim box by mistake.


  • Making the Holes in the correct location was tricking, but it worked out in the end with the use of a lo of clekos, clamps and testing throughout the drilling.
  • Also, I had to make few modification to the access plate so that the trim system can go in and out easily.



Then I looked into bending the sides of the elevator, where the trim tab will get places.  For that I need to cut a piece of wood with the taper of the elevator.  I don’t have any equipment to cut wood, so I went ahead and bought a band saw. Screen Shot 2018-11-30 at 6.15.15 PM.png

Left Elevator Prep and Priming

November 24th and 26th 2018, 8.5h

Left elevator prep:

  • I deburred all the parts.
  • I smoothed all the edges.
  • I dimpled all the parts.
  • I cleaned all the part with Acetone.

Then,  I primed all the parts. I had to extra mix the primer given how tick it became.  Based on Stewart System, it is normal for EcoPoxy base to become pretty tick and chunky. After the extra mixing, I was able to get good results.


Elevator Skin Riveting and Right Skeleton Prep

November 10th 2018, 7h

Riveting the left elevator skin and riveted the trim plate to the skin.




Bent both left and right elevators




Prepared the skeleton for the right elevator:

  • matching drilling the reinforcement plates
  • match drilling spars and ribs
  • match drilling counter balance skin
  • installing the counterbalance weight
  • match drilling the skeleton to the skin
  • match drilling the horn