July 6th, 2007
Shop Prep

Ok. Finally back to work. After the whole moving thing, I am anxious to get back to building. Luckily, a good friend of mine came to visit during the 4th of July holiday. Jim is a longtime friend and mentor. He gave me my first ride in an airplane many years ago in his C170. He is currently building an RV6. Jim helped me complete many projects around the house and get my shop in order so we could break out the airplane parts and get to work.

The first thing to do was to get the new garage in order so I could organize my things and continue building. We primed and painted all the walls and installed high output flouresent lighting. I also set up some new shelves to hold the parts. No those are not illegal fireworks on the table.

Here is a shot of Jim standing by the back wall of the garage. I am probably going to move things arounda little so the garage layout is a work in progress. We are planning on building a shop next to our house sometime in the future and then I will move out of the garage into the shop building.

 

July 6th, 2007
Vertical Stabilizer Construction

Below is what the vertical stabilizer looks like once you get the two spars and ribs clecoed together. Everything at this point is pretty straightforward.

My VS stiffener had the lightening holes already drilled. So all I needed to do was attach it to VS-803PP and match drill everything. I also had the ribs straightened and finished the edges before everything goes together.

Once I had the two spars and ribs together, it is time to put on the skin and cleco everything in place. Here Jim is helping out putting the cleco's in place.

Here is another shot of the main VS spar with the spar stiffener in place.

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