Wendell Folks RV-8 Project - Page 3.
October 1, 2005: (This posting covers
several days when my web site was out of service.) Wendell has been making progress
in the past week on his empennage parts. He is finishing up the preparations of the
stiffeners for the elevators and rudder before he can have a primer session with all the
Before any priming begins, he is scuffing all the surfaces with a Scotchbrite
pad and removing remaining oil residue with acetone.
After all the cleaning was completed, every inside surface of the skins was
primed and both sides of all the other parts were also sprayed. That white paper on
the floor is some of the remaining packing material from my slow-build shipping crates.
Wendell used some of his empennage shipping boxes to contain some of the parts
for the priming session.
The HVLP sprayer gets a little bit of lacquer thinner put though it at the end
of the priming session. That stuff evaporates before it can hit the ground or the
pavement. Notice how far away I parked my car when I arrived to find him working
with the primer and spray gun.
Since back-riveting is the easiest rivet gun technique, that was the first
lesson I provided to get Wendell started in the assembly. He had a few bad rivets
before I showed him how he was using the rivet gun improperly withhout holding the
back-riveting tool in the correct position. We also did some squeezer work on the
trim tab doubler plate.
By the end of the day, the elevator control horns were riveted to both elevator
skeletons and that was where we stopped.
By the end of the work session on September 30th, a few rivets had also been
set using the mushroom set on the rivet gun and a bucking bar. The rudder is the
first piece to be riveted together. It is still a work in progress as shown here
with only one side of the skin riveted to the rudder "skeleton". Wendell
had to run some errands on this Friday afternoon, cutting our session short around 2 PM.
The trailing edge has been bent to the final shape. There will be more about
the rudder and other empennage parts on the following pages.
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