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Task: Worked on the rudder bottom fairing.
originally going to wait to do the rudder bottom fairing but
was bored today due to thunderstorms in the area. So I decided
to pull the fairing out of the box and start trimming. Van's
scribes a basic trim line on the fairing, but its not complete
accurate. After triming using the bandsaw and a file, I tried
to flatted out the upper edge by placing 80 grit sandpaper
on a piece of plywood. It seemed to work well as the edge
came out straight.
the fairing was trimmed properly I marked a centerline 0.28"
from the edge. The plans say the rivets should be approximately
2" apart. Doing that gets the last rivet too close to
the edge of the reinforcement strip. So I marked 2.125"
between holes (starting at the 2nd rivet in from the trailing
edge). This spacing worked perfectly.
Lastly I enlarged the holes to #30 and deburred the aluminum
and the inside of the fairing. All thats left is to countersink