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Jerry_K_Thorne

RV-9A empennage construction status.

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The rudder and vertical stabilizer are temporarily joined and leaning against the front wall of my living room. The horizontal stabilizer is on the work bench with the right elevator mounted to it for the installation of counter-balance lead weights. The left elevator is ready for the fitting of the trailing edge and final riveting and then it will be ready for the mating dance with the horizontal stabilizer ("stabiliser" for Meekal).And yes, I am overdue on finishing that roll of 35mm film and getting it processed at the local Walgreens. The delay has urged me to consider a digital camera for more pressing web requirements, etc.I also ordered the latest portable Aviation GPS, the Garmin 196 on Wednesday. It should arrive today or Monday. When I saw a trade-in offer for my Garmin GPS III Pilot model against the new 196, I bought it immediately. The GPS III Pilot will head out of here after I get my user waypoints transferred to the 196.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Jerry,It's great to hear that you're still making progress. That the rudder/vertical stabilizer assy. has found it's way into the house is surely a sign of things to come. Hey, I think things like that look better in the house than any work of art that might be hanging on a wall! If anyone ask about it, tell them that you've gotten into sheet metal sculpting using clad aluminum with an aviation theme. As much as I'd like to see some images of your work, I understand the limitations of a camera that uses film...We'll get to see them soon enough! Good luck on picking a digital camera. My goodness, there is a lot to choose from out there.Carry on!Joe

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Here are the first pictures from my new digital camera. I bought the Fuji FinePix 2650 with 3x optical zoom lens.http://www.qrf.com/Photos/DSCF0007.JPGYou can see the large-sized plans I have been using are stapled to the garage wall. The plastic sheet attached to the wall protects the drywall from flying dust, spray, etc.http://www.qrf.com/Photos/DSCF0008a.JPGHere is the left elevator with the protective blue plastic film still in place to minimize scratches to the aluminum skin.http://www.qrf.com/Photos/DSCF0009a.JPGThe horizontal stabilizer with the right elevator temporarily attached is hanging from the ceiling at the north end of the garage. The rope hanging from the ceiling in the foreground is for those times when I need an extra pair of "hands" to hold on to something too big to sit on the work table.http://www.qrf.com/Photos/DSCF0010a.JPGThe vertical stabilizer with rudder attached is sitting in the living room. I normally have it up against the wall between the two front windows, but pulled it out into the room for this shot.I hope to finish all the metal work this weekend and may put the fiberglass tips on things later, or not. The wing kit is due in early January.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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Hi Jerry,What's the latest in the world of aircraft construction.I look forward to your next riveting update.If you would, comment on Van's construction manual. They do provide one...don't they? Is it a good one?There was a time in the homebuilt world when all you got was a set of prints. I would guess that with some aircraft designs that's still all you get.When Rutan first came out with the Varieze, he had put together a really good step by step manual as a part of the package.Joehttp://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook.gif

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It explains a lot of stuff in the beginning about processes and procedures, then gets more brief as you go deeper, since the steps only need to be listed in the proper order without explaining the processes again. It has good reference pages in the front about riveting and the right and wrong ways rivets can be installed. I heard some early builders at a meeting in Huntsville 2 months ago mentioning how much improved the plans are on the RV-9 compared to their RV-6 plans. There are many more details and notes on the new plans.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN.

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