Horizontal stabilizer: riveting and more riveting

Horizontal stabilizer: riveting and more riveting

Lots of rivets to set to complete this part. I spent the better part of a week working through each of the rivet types.

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Horizontal stabilizer assembly #2

Horizontal stabilizer assembly #2

After test filling, I began riveting the stringer-web assembly together which is the framework that connects the front spar to the rear-spar in the center section of the stabilizer.

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Horizontal stabilizer assembly #1

Horizontal stabilizer assembly #1

Before I could start assembling the stabilizer, I had to dimple the skins which took several hours. I was able to use the DRDT-2 for all of the dimples although several setups were necessary to access all the holes. Then I mock-up the main components to make sure everything fits.

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Begin the horizontal stabilizer assembly process

Begin the horizontal stabilizer assembly process

While waiting for the primer to cure, I built the cradles for the eventual assembly of the horizontal stabilizer. Then started riveting the rear spar per the instructions. After so many days of prepping it’s nice to get back to riveting with the squeezer.

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Priming the Horizontal stabilizer parts

Priming the Horizontal stabilizer parts

Spent most of the day today cleaning and priming the ribs, spars, spar-caps, and doublers. I really wanted to do all these parts today since this was the first weekend with warm and sunny temperatures which let me clean and prep most of the parts outside.

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Section 8: Horizontal stabilizer prep

Section 8: Horizontal stabilizer prep

After taking a short break from the rudder, it was clear that I would need to rearrange the garage work-tables to work on the horizontal stab. The main spars a very long compare to the VS and rudder. The first steps are to prepare the front and rear spars, the doublers, the spar caps and stringers. This is a lot of debrurring and final drilling.

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