Mon Apr 12 2010

Misc horizontal stabilizer and fuselage work

Today I got the horizontal stabilizer rear spar pieces deburred and dimpled.

I also (re)fabricated these spacers which go between the forward spar of the horizontal stabilizer and the aft deck. The plans called for these to be made of 2024-T4, but I didn't have any of that, so I used some 6061-T6 scrap left over from a piece Brent gave me. Thanks, buddy!

After much adjusting, I've got both good news and bad news regarding the twist in the fuselage. The good news is that it looks like I'm going to be able to get the twist out. The bad news is that the prepunched holes in the new aft deck are not going to work, so it looks like I'm going to have to fabricate a new aft deck from scratch. Fortunately my buddy Greg is coming back from Arkansas tomorrow and will be driving by Wick's Aircraft, so he can pick up a piece of 0.040 thick 2024-T3 for me.