Rudder Construction – cont.

Hours Worked = 4

After the initial prep of most of the rudder parts yesterday, today was the initial assembly. This involved building the stiffiners, working the rudder horn, and clecoing the entire assemble.

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Once the skeleton was together, you attach one of the skins. Then you attach a piece of extruded aluminum wedge which gives the trailing edge of the rudder form and strength. This piece needs to be marked, then cut/sanded down.

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Next, the other skin is installed, followed by a whole lot of clecos. I really want a straight trailing edge, so I put a cleco in every hole and alternated the clecos from one side to the other.

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This was also the first time I got to use my new pneumatic cleco gun. I’ll put a demo in the blog.

And here is tonight’s timelapse:


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