Finish RV9/9A Links
Matt's Subie Pwr'd RV9A
Bill Jaques Subie Pwr'd RV9A
Bob Cuttings RV9A
| This will
document the building of the Horizontal Stabilizer portion of the Empennage
Kit. This is the first major step in the building process.
We did run into a couple of bumps here which I'll admit too.
The first was not creating/mating the HS-909 shims before drilling out the front spar and doubler. A check with Van's verified that this was really no biggie and I could back drill it when it came time.
The second bump came when I attempted to, as the instructions state, 'fabricate the HS-908-R & HS-908-L attach angle brackets'. That's the sum total of the instructions. Of course if you read the 'shop' link you'll discover that I have no building experience of any kind. I searched all of my links on the web for information on how to do this. I couldn't find anything. Most folks didn't show a picture of a completed part or if they did they didn't tell how they got there. So I tried out some of my new, never before been used tools in the garage. It's alright I still have most of my fingers - at least the ones that really matter. Of course some of the tools literally didn't cut it and made a botch of things. This brought about my first mutterings of 'let's call Van's and order a new part'. Jan watched quietly as I experimented on my part before tackling hers. She of course used her experience of sewing to do a really good job on her part. I'll wait for the 'new' angle from Van's before I follow her 'experiment' and tackle my 'second' part. I'll also document the process on the web so other building-challenged builders will not have to duplicate my experience (see the 'HS Attach Angle' link to the right).
Monday - March 4, 2002
Bob prep-ing the HS spar.
Preparing the spar's. Every piece of metal needs to be 'prepared'. This is done by smoothing the edges with a lot of elbow grease and emery paper. I did one spar and Jan did one spar. After my second spar I decided it was time to get a dremel tool. Way too much elbow was required.