Build Log RV-12

Vertical Stabilizer and Rudder

Back at it again.  On todays build schedule it is planned to finish off the vertical stabilizer and get the rudder built.

From the last build, we only had to rivet the skin on the vertical stabilizer so a few of us finished up that while the rest of the group began the construction of the rudder.

Once again, the group made a lot of ground and accomplished a lot of the work.  Everyone is catching on to the basic building skills.  In addition, each person takes on a responsibility for a certain area of the piece that is being built.

The night ended with buttoning up the vertical stabilizer (first completed piece, Yeh!) and the rudder was not to complicated so that also was completely finished.

Another great night of accomplishment.

Vertical Stabilizer

Today was the first actual build day.  Since everybody in the group is still learning some of the building trades it was decided that we should all work on the vertical stabilizer for a while before starting separate components.

All parts were gathered and we each took a piece to debur and file all the rough edges.  Before long the pieces were really coming together.

Since we only had a few hours for this build time there was no way it was getting finished.  However but the end of the evening we had the complete skeleton filed, match drilled, deburred and riveted together.  We then temporarily checked the fit of the outer skin and left the rest for our next build day.

Was very cool to see it come together.  Utilizing the pop rivets sure does make things go much quicker.