vertical stab skeleton

Day 35 – Vertical stabilizer – Riveting the skeleton

Today I got to start putting together the pieces I worked so hard on to make a skeleton of the vertical stab. I was able to use the squeezer for every single rivet. I can see that the party is over for that tool though as I move on next time to put the skin on. There was nothing exceptionally difficult about putting this together, but if I could share one piece of advice it would be to make sure you attach the backing plate for the upper rudder hinge BEFORE you attach the hinge itself. You can see how hard it would be to set the rivet here in the middle if the hinge was attached first.

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