Attaching Tail Pieces
Attaching the Hs...
Attaching rudder and elevators
15- 20 Feb 2010 Worked on attaching the elevators. I purchased hinges at Brodhead and decided to use a hand chisel to make the recessed spaces for them on the elevator, rudder and stabilizers.Hours: 4.0
Finishing Tail Feather Edges...and Tail Bracing Wires...
15- 20 Nov 2010 Sanded the edges of all tail feather surfaces, by hand using a flat sanding block and a rounded sanding tool. I used mostly 60-80 grit paper, and made all corners as symmetrical as possible with it's opposite corner.Hours: 6.0 Tail Bracing Wires... 15 Jan - 1 Feb 2012: Made bracing wires for the tail feathers out of 3/32 SS cables, shakles, and turnbuckles. I had preliminarily leveled all tail surfaces as best as possible. After completing all the cables and attaching, it was time to adjust the leveling to close tolerences. I used a lazer and homemade leveling devices. Shot from a short distance away, the lazer is leveled on two different points on the HS at a time. It took about 30 mins to make each cable (working slow), and about two hours of adjusting to get the cable tension just right.Hours: 6.0