With the tail feathers complete it is on to Section 10: Aft Fuselage. The first few pages of this section are simple separating, deburring, and priming parts. A LOT of looong parts.
Hopefully, a few parts that fabricated will fit.
The rudder stops (above) required countersinking the 8 holes shown. I had to modify my countersink cage in order to accomplish this step.
When I was buttoning up the leading edges, I didn't take enough time to massage the skins to fit perfectly flush which ended up with a small pillowing between two rivets. It wasn't bad (maybe 1/16") but it was annoying me, so I threw another rivet in for good measure.
In the midst of working on the counter weights I snapped a few pictures of the method I used to trim them down. I started out with a file as others have done but figured there had to be a quicker method. Here's what I came up with:
Today was a big milestone in the sense that I assembled and operated the first moving part on the airplane. I cycled the trim servo through full deflection in both directions with a 9 volt battery. I have a video of the momentous occasion but cant figure out how to get it off "The Cloud."
I decided to skip ahead and roll the leading edges since once installed, the trim tab push rod would be in the way. Lessons learned from the rudder leading edge definitely paid off which lead this work session to end on a much happier note.
With the trim tab and elevator buttoned up, it was time to play with proseal. While the stuff is messy, overall the difficulty of working with it is over hyped. The key is put on multiple pairs of gloves and have plenty of new Popsicle sticks. Working with clean hands and tools is key to keeping the mess to a minimum.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to capture any of the pictures of the "during" process of working with proseal.
During the course of reading the plans and looking over others blogs, I decided to purchase the specialty bucking bar to buck the rivets on the the aft spar of the elevators. Admittedly I was a little nervous prior to starting the work session, but after the first rivet was set, it was clear that these plans and tools are so well engineered that even a monkey could do it!