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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mounting the EMP

Wow, it has been a long time since I have done anything with the empennage..   Time to pull it out, dust it off and mount the horizontal stabilizer to the back of the plane.  I am only going to mount it temporarily, but while it is on the tail I will wire up the back end of the plane to get that out of the way.

Mounting it seemed pretty easy..  Clamp it to the tail, then measure everywhere to make sure it is straight..  Then drill..  The outside holes went really well, for the inside holes you must use the 90 degree angle drill..  Did I say how much I dislike those drills ?   Well after fighting with it a bunch, I finally got the holes drilled on the forward spar.. 

The rear spar I have yet to do..  However, I went ahead and mounted the elevator and connected it to the stick..  For the first time I was able to make parts of the airplane move !  Bekah wanted to get a video, but probably just to make me feel better..   I figure it wasn't really that impressive, so we will wait.  In the end I was able to control the elevator from the pilot stick.  It was a great feeling..   Now I need to complete the rear elevator stop as well final drill the rear spar to complete the horizontal stabilizer before starting on the rudder.  Sorry for the sideways picture below.  If I angle the camera at all the pictures get posted sideways and I haven't been able to figure out how to resolve it.  Any thoughts?

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