Empennage - Rudder

2003-09-02 - Rudder almost done. (14.5 Hrs).

9/2/03-9/7/03 - I spent the last week continuing to work on the rudder. Again, hardly any pictures. Mostly deburring, deburring, and more deburring.

The big step here is the rudder trailing edge, which the instructions say is one of the hardest things to do on the empennage. Of course, with the current state of the supplied kit, I kind of doubt this. Maybe I'll find out this week when I try to rivet it.

Here's the inside of the left rudder skin, cleco'd to the spar, ready for the right rudder skin to close things up.
The famous trailing edge, clecoed to the heavy aluminum angle to help insure that we get a straight edge. Here, I have used 30 minute epoxy to glue the AEX wedge to the trailing edge skin, and cleco'd them all together. I'm supposed to let this set for a few days.
The other side. Notice, that the piece of aluminum angle that I just happened to have laying around is almost perfect for the job. It covers all of the holes, except for the last one.