- Left Elevator
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Task: Back-riveted the stiffeners to the
skin, bent the ends of the trim tab and the elevator skin,
riveted the counterbalance skin to the main skin, and clecod
the skeleton to the skin.
was pretty productive for only working a fwe hours. I started
by back-riveting the stiffeners to the elevator skin. Back-riveting
goes so quickly and is very easy.
It took no time at all to rivet all the stiffeners
to the skin.
Next I borrowed a jig-saw from a fellow builder here at Aurora
and cut the wedge for bending the trim tab ends.
Here is one end of the tab bent. I used the method the instructions
called out. I used C-clamps to hold the wedges in place, started
the bend with a block of wood, and completed the bend with
my rivet gun with a flush set at 20 PSI.set at 20PSI
The other side. Looks good!
Next was the main skin tabs. I had to cut another
wedge that was the same size as the final skin angle.
The skeleton clecod with the skin to check
fit with the trim tab.
Next I clecod the
counterbalance skin to the main skin and set 2 AN426AD3-3.5
rivets per side. Once the skeleton goes in, those two holes
are not accessable.
The counterbalance was then loosly placed in
position with the screws. The skeleton was then inserted and
clecod into place.
Final shot of the evening. The skin is ready
to be riveted to the skeleton!