This is a catch all entry.

Back at the begining of December I started working on the vertical stabilizer. I cut out the remaining parts from the formed metal kit. Next it drilled the necessary holes and colecoed it all together. Finally, yesterday I rivited the assembly together to make the first real airplane looking assembly.

Main Spar Aft Strap

I finished cutting the strap to length then I marked the two slots. Using my bandsaw I cut out the two slots and then used a sanding drum in the drill press to clean up the ends of each slot. Next I used the vixen file to cleanup the slots. I sanded the slots using a piece of 220 grit aluminum oxide sandpaper wrapped around a 1/2 inch drive socket extension. I finished the part with scotch brite and then started to layout the pilot hole locations.

Main Spar Aft Strap

I took one of the strips that I had previouly ripped to width in my band saw as a starting point for this part. I cleaned up one side using the vixen file. My long straight edge was helpful in ensuring that the edge remained straight as I filed. After filing and sanding I setup the band saw and trimed the strip again to get closer to the 2-1/4" width. Next, I filed the other side of the part to get the final width. I squared up one end and then marked the cut for the finished length.

Forward Spar Fitting

Today I finished the sanding of the fitting. I trimmed the ends to length and then I formed the 35 degree angle. I used the traditional dowel and vise forming process. Have a look at the pictures to see what I mean. I think the part turned out pretty good. There was a little orange peel around the bend but a scotch brite pad cleaned that up nicely. I should mention that you have to overbend the part and then release it to get the correct angle.