Completed Aileron and Elevator Systems (Section 36)

Checked the fore and aft travel of the control system with a digital level using the top of the cover rib as a reference. Filed the control column bracket stops until I achieved the specified range of travel in each direction and the control column hit the stops on both side simultaneously.

 

Installed the control sticks and measured the distance between them. Thy were spot on so I guess I measured the control stick tie rod correctly. No adjustment necessary.

 

I double checked that I torqued all the hardware properly and marked everything with torque seal. I decided to wait on installing that aft elevator push tube until I reinstall the tail feathers at the airport.

 

Today’s Time (hours): 1.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 215.0
Total Time (hours): 670.5

 

Riveted bottom skins

Jared came over and helped me rivet the bottom skins. Thanks again! I neglected to take any pictures. Imagine the picture below with rivets where all the clecos are. Had to remove and reinstall the landing gear brackets to get all the rivets in.

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Installed the control column.

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Temporarily clecoed the side skins in place.

 

 

Temporarily bolted the upper and lower longerons to the firewall assembly and match drilled the cowling attach hinges and the longerons.

 

 

Today’s Time (hours): 7.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 101.0
Total Time (hours): 555.5

Continued assembly

Riveted the flange bearings to the control column.

 

Riveted the upper engine mounts to the upper longerons. Not sure why the Plans call out cherrymax rivets for some of the holes rather than solid rivets for all. Seems odd.

 

Riveted the engine mounts and doublers to the lower longerons. Same weirdness with the cherrymax rivets.

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Today’s Time (hours): 2.0
Fuselage Time (hours): 89.0
Total Time (hours): 543.5