Trevor & Dewey's RV-7 Construction Log

Empennage - Vertical Stabilizer

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Date: 8/26/2006
Task: Finished deburring and dimpling the VS skin

I was able to do some edge finishing on the rear spar and doubler today with a new sanding block. It seemed to speed up the process. I then pulled out the new C-Frame dimpler and started on the skin. Things were going great untill WHACK! I hadn't set the skin in the male dimple correctly and it put a dimpled hole right next to the actual hole. I called Van's and a new VS-801PP is $85. Quite the expensive mistake. I thew the question to the VAF forums and received several comments. I've chosen to drill two holes (one above and one below) the hole on the front spar. I will then flatten out the current dimple and fill the hole. While I want perfection, I've been told not to get too worried about things like this early on in the project.