March 4, 2008

Riveted left elevator

Category: Elevators (Total 38h) — Steffen @ 22:36 — Hours: 2.5

Tonight I set out to rivet the left elevator. First I studied other builders sites for good hints on how to bend the skin tabs. I found Brad Olivers site especially useful for this.

Here I have marked the bend line, and applied doublesided tape to the bending block.
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The block in place and the whole thing clamped down to the table.
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First I bended the lower tab (elevator is upside down) with a piece of wood, then I finished the bend with a big mushroom-head set in the rivetgun. It was much easier than I had anticipated.
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Then I bended the upper tab the same way, and drilled holes for the poprivets that holds them together.
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With that all done, I could rivet the elevator together. Still need to roll the leading edge and build and install the trimtab.
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