- Fiberglass Tips
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Task: Finished sanding the left and right
HS/Elevator tips. Riveted the HS tips in place. Took the Elevators
to Metal Innovations to have the control horns welded shut.
few days ago I flipped the HS over and laid down some micro
to smooth out the edges between the HS and Elevators. I then
sanded with an 80-grit sanding block, 120-grit block, and
then 320 grit to finish it off.
then used a hack saw to cut through the elevator/hs tips.
This method worked VERY well. It allows the edges between
the two tips to flow very well.
After a bit more
sanding and finishing, I pop riveted the left tip in place.
I half-squeezed each rivet, alternating holes. I then set
every other rivet to ensure uniform pressure.
The final result of the left HS tip.
then went to work on the right HS tip. I had to sand/file
the aft corners of the HS a little bit before putting the
tip in for riveting. I then set the rivets on both sides.
The left tip riveted
went to work on the bottom tip of the rudder and used a #27
countersink bit to countersink the holes for washers. The
tip needs to be removable because a strobe light will be installed.
Lastly, I riveted nutplates on the reinforcement strip for
the tip of the VS. I want the fairing removable because I'll
install a camera in the tail at some point down the road.