Author Archives: pclifton

H-stab fitting: the beginning

OK, so this is really a post for the entire weekend, sort of. I didn’t really have anything like a dedicated work session, but I did still get some stuff done. In short, I moved on to the beginning of … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – finished!

Well, so ends this little detour on the road to a complete aircraft. Tonight I wrapped up the stab, so I can move forward with more fun stuff again. Basically all I had left to do was to rivet the … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – yet more riveting!

And so the theme continues, chipping away at this a bit at a time. Previously, I was happy to be finished with the “annoying” riveting. In my mind, I just had to go around the perimeter squeezing skin rivets, plus … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – even more riveting!

So this hasn’t been a productive airplane week – in addition to the usual household chores, I’ve been working on getting the car ready for my next track event next weekend. That took up more time than I expected since … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – more riveting!

Well, this wasn’t the productive day I’d hoped for. I got up early and got started on some riveting before heading over to the neighbor’s hangar for the usual Sunday morning coffee. Came back over and shot a line of … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – riveting!

Well, this little detour appears to be drawing to a close. With the prep work I did Thursday evening, the only thing left to do today was to start riveting things together. First up was assembling the entire front spar … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – prep work

No photos tonight, nothing to really see. I tore the stab apart, got the reinforcement and splice angles primed, then finished final-drilling the spar channels and dimpling the necessary holes. Everything is now prepped and ready for riveting!

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H-stab v2.0 – main rib fitting

So tonight I finished up the last bit of major fabrication for this SB/repair job. I initially had some car-related stuff to do after I got home, but still found an hour to spend out in the shop. Tonight’s job … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – skin and rib fitting

Good solid day of work, sprinkled in between the usual weekend stuff. I started off this morning by finishing all the drilling on the spar assembly, using the prepunched holes in the doublers and angles to drill through everything. Took … Continue reading

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H-stab v2.0 – more front spar prep

Busy day. Had a fly-out event for work in the middle of the day, then another thing in the afternoon. Still found some time to get out in the shop, though. Tonight was almost entirely just doing modification work on … Continue reading

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