EAA Technical counselor visit and Vertical stabilizer finish

My EAA technical counselor visited and inspected my progress on the almost closed vertical stabilizer. Overall he said things were going well. Found a few rivets that could be set a little more and one that had a slanted shop-head.

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Riveting the vertical stabilizer skin

Now, the moment of truth: riveting the skin to the vertical stabilizer rib and forward spar assembly. It’s exciting to see it come together and look like a piece of an airplane.

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Riveting the vertical stabilizer frame assembly

Once the primer had cured, it was time to make some more progress in section 06-04. This is the first real riveting that have will have done on this project, so I took my time to make sure I understood the sequence, rivet type and location.

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Vertical stabilizer: priming

Based on recommendations from other builders, I decided to prime using Stewart Systems (www.stewartsystems.aero) 2-part EcoPoxy water based epoxy primer in smoke grey.

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Section 6 - Vertical stabilizer: the first steps

The garage organization and layout can probably be improved, but I decided that I should get started anyway. I think working in the space will help me better understand the best way to position the benches and tools.

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