Thursday October 26, 2006
Rudder Prep (Rudder)
4.0 Hours

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Tonight, I started by deburring and sanding the edges of the rudder skins. These thin skins go quickly. Then I dimpled all of the rudder parts: skins, ribs, and spar. I drilled to #30 and dimpled the 3 aft upper rudder tip attach point holes on each side, since they'll be too narrow to dimple once the rudder is assembled. I drilled the rudder counterweight to the counterweight rib, countersunk the counterweight, and dimpled the rib. They get attached with a #10 countersink screw, a washer, and a nut. I finished by drilling/clecoing the rudder trailing edge wedge to my work bench for countersinking.

Tomorrow, I'll countersink the trailing edge, bevel the counterweight reinforcement skin, and (if I have time) prep and prime the rudder components.

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