Rudder construction 19th of August 2006.

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The completed rudder 25th August 2006.

Fitting the control horn to the skin was a bit fiddly but all went smoothly. I stuck rigidly to the plans and nothing went wrong. The plans are fantastic. Lots of holes to be marked out and drilled and lots of clecos (I love clecos).

It took me a while as I proceeded very carefully and I am happy with the result, it's amazing how your workmanship improves when the stakes are high. I have a pneumatic rivet gun yet I put all the rivets in the rudder by hand, this will be the last time I do that, next assembly will be the vertical stabilizer once my wrist recovers.

The tail section almost there 26th October 2008.

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The completed rudder and tail wheel steering mechanism. I had installed the tail wheel ages ago , see below now it has all come together. I am very happy with the setup , there is no play in any of the connections. All I have to do now is rivet up the right hand side panel and the bottom and the whole rear section is finished. Except the fairings between the Vert stab and Horizontal stab.

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The work I did before on the tail wheel. Firstly the wheel supplied was too wide to fit in the carrier so I machined a few millimetres off each side. Once I had it mounted I spun it in it's holder and it felt terrible as if the bearings were worn out. I removed both bearings and opened up the worst one to find a crack in the outer casing. I replaced them with two new high quality bearings and the wheel now runs beautifully. One other addition was the centre spacer which I made , the original setup had no spacer so if you tightened up the nut on the shaft the whole thing locked up. If you ran it loose then the bearings just spun on the shaft. With the centre spacer installed the nut can be tightened and the wheel runs straight and smooth with zero play.