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Vertical Stabilizer
The vertical stabilizer is built just like the horizontal stabilizer except that there is only half of it. The skeleton is made up of three sets of ribs and two spars, and the whole thing is covered by one pre-formed skin. The VS is much easier than the HS and many builders prefer to start with it.

April 14, 2001 - 2 hours
Drilled out the pilot holes on the rear spar of the Vertical Stabilizer.

Vertical Stabilizer rear spar clecoed together for drilling out all of the pilot holes.

April 15, 2001 - 2 hours
Deburred the ribs and front spar of the VS.

April 22, 2001 - 0.5 hours
Stored away the Horizontal Stabilizer an sanded all of the Vertical Stab parts that need to be primed.

April 26, 2001 - 0.75 hours
Cleaned and treated all of the Vertical Stabilizer parts.

April 27, 2001 - 1 hours
Primed all the Vertical Stabilizer parts

April 28, 2001 - 4 hours
Riveted the VS Rear Spar together and prepared the jig so I could mount the spar.

Finished VS Rear Spar

Detail showing the flush rivets on the forward lower part of the VS rear spar. This is to allow mounting to the fuselage later.

April 29, 2001 - 7 hours
Riveted the ribs onto the rear spar. Mounted the rear spar in the jig. Riveted on the forward spar and the root tip rib. Drilled and clecoed the VS skin.

VS rear spar with the ribs riveted on.

VS rear spar goes onto the jig.

Finished VS skeleton ready to drill the skins.

VS skin drilled and clecoed into place.

My helpers - Curby and Cotton.

May 2, 2001 - 2.25 hours
Riveted the skin to the vertical stabilizer. The Vertical Stabilizer is Finished!!!

Finished Vertical Stabilizer.


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