First Rivets!7/6/17: I drilled, updrilled, deburred, cleco'd, and riveted my first part! (The main spar fo the horizontal stabilizer). Only 10,000 more rivets to go!!
Started Forward Spar7/12/17: Started on the forward spar on the horizontal stabilizer, however, one part was missing so Sonex will send it out to me.
Rudder spars completed7/17/17: I completed the spars for the rudder structure. Of course I did this with my helper Billy!
Rudder Structure Cleco'd7/19/17: I was able to finally get the time to cleco the structure of the main rudder.
Custom Rudder Beacon7/20/17: I am attempting to have a rudder tip beacon light. I nervously drilled the fiberglass and shaved some heat sink off the light to see if this will work. I think it will, waiting for the fiberglass supplies to arrive so I can get this started.
Lit Beacon7/20/17: This is how the beacon will look when powered up. It will also be synced to another beacon on the belly. I think it will look better once all the fiberglass work is complete.
Wiring of Beacon7/21/17: I wired up the beacon through the spars in the vertical stabilizer. The driver is mounted on the top.
Custom fiberglass for beacon7/23/17: This was my first attempt at fiberglass, I used modeling clay as the form and several layers of fiberglass matting to make up the form. It just needs to sanded, filled, primed and painted.
Vertical Stabilizer Skin7/26/17: Cleco'd and riveted the first skin on the project and it was on the vertical stabilizer.
Vertical Stabilizer Completed7/26/17: Finished all the riveting of the vertical stabilizer. Looks great with my first major completed part. Yes I put my N-number on it.
Horizontal Stabilizer7/31/17: Started on the horizontal stabilizer cleco'd the main and sub spars. Still waiting on back-ordered parts to arrive so I can move forward.
Raw Drilled8/3/17: Every hole on the plane has to be drilled, cleco'd, updrilled to 1/8", un-cleco'd, deburred, re-cleco'd and then finally riveted.