Aft Fuselage Skins

Today I am continuing to work on the aft fuselage skins. I started by cleaning up the edges of the skins with sandpaper while they were still clecoed together. Next I marked out the slots for the rudder cables and the inspection holes and proceeded to cut these out.

Wrapping Tail for Storage

Today I wrapped the tail components for storage. I noticed that some of the components had spots from the spiders in my garage so I decided it would be prudent to protect the exposed surfaces. I used some stretch wrap to wrap all of the components.

Aileron Tip Rib

Tonight I spent a bunch of time at the CAD system to create a 3D model of the aileron tip so that I could create my own pattern for the tip rib. I created a new sheet metal model of the rib and then created the flat pattern. Tomorrow I\’ll try fabicating it and see what happens. Screen shots and a drawing to follow if it works. Stay tuned.

Right Side Horizontal Stabilizer Tip

I completed the right side trailing tip rib. This consisted of aligning it with the existing holes in the tip rib and drilling new holes in the trailing rib. Next, I installed the tip and layed out the holes between the tip and the trailing rib. I drilled these and colecoed the tip in place.

Made New Tip Ribs for Horizontal Stabilizer

<p>When I started trying to fit the fiberglass tips to the horizontal tail I quickly discovered that they were very hard to fit between the tip ribs and the skin. It seems that there really isn’t any designed in clearance in the plans. After several attempts I decided that the best approach would be to make new tips.</p> <p>Using my cad program I made up a new drawing for the tip rib that allowed for 1/16 of an inch between the skin and the rib. I made up a new forming block and hammered out two new tip ribs. I used the old ribs to locate the 6 holes in each for the spars. Since the new ribs were smaller than the old ribs they would nest with the old ribs and allow me to easily mark the holes for the spare rivets.</p> <p>After completing the new ribs the clearance was visible but the tips were still a snug fit. The next step will be to get the trailing ribs for the fiberglass tips made up and then to complete the fitting of the tips.</p>

Trim Tab Assembly

<p>Today I worked at finishing the trim tab assembly. No real magic here. The plans allow a -3 hinge instead of the -1 so I used up a piece of the hinge that was left over from the rudder.</p>

Cable Attach Plate

<p>Today I worked on making the cable attach plate. This part has no dimensions and the plans say that you need to make it from the full size print. I a technique that I use for these types of parts.<p> <ol><li>Start with a piece of drafting paper. It is see through and makes good tracing paper.</li> <li>Place the drafting paper over the print and trace the part. I don’t usually tape the paper down but rather mark a couple of reference points so that I can relocate the paper if necessary.</li> <li>After tracing the part including any hole locations, I use a glue stick to glue the drafting paper to a piece of bristle board. I then cut out the bristle board and I have a cardboard template for the part.</li> <li>I use the template to trace the part onto the aluminum and then use a center punch to mark all of the holes.</li></ol> <p>Now the process is the same as making any other aluminum part.</p>

Trim Tab

<p>I layed out the trim tab on a piece of .032" aluminum base on the dimensions from the planes. Used the Wiss snips to cut out the trim tab and then filled sanded and scotch brited the edges.</p>