Rudder half-complete

Well, I may be more than half-way done with the rudder.  Won’t know until it’s all finished.  But the grunt work of separating, deburring, assembling, drilling, dimpling, and riveting the core pieces are all complete.  It has been about 29 hours so far and it’s been a fulfilling process interrupted by moments of extreme frustration.  I’m reaching out to an EAA Tech Counselor to look over my work before closing up the rudder skins.  It’s definitely not perfect, but safe and now is a good time to get experienced eyes on it.

 

Anna helping with the spar assembly

 

All parts clecoed together so holes can be match drilled where necessary

 

Match drilled leading edge wedge

 

Skin with stiffeners back riveted

 

Stiffeners riveted to left skin

 

 

Stiffeners and shear clips riveted to right skin

 

A stiffener that is not perfectly flat. I’ll discuss with the Technical counselor.

This project continues to be a lesson in humility and patience.  

1 comment for “Rudder half-complete

  1. Curtis Brown
    August 4, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Nice photo!

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