|The rudder skeleton with stiffiners cleko'd in place.|
|Added the rudder horn support at the bottom left|
|Finally getting the skins fitted! The Trailing Edge spacer gets taped in place with double sided tape.|
|Both skins cleko'd on for match drilling. Not all holes need to be match drilled.|
|Riveted stiffiners in place using the backplate riveting technique. It makes for a pretty easy riveting job!|
|Primer only in the locations where metal meets metal.|
|Rudder final assemply|
|The cleko's on the right are holding the trailing edge in place. The trailing edge spacer utilizes double sided tape on both sides to aid in sealing the trailing edge.|
I have nearly completed the rudder assembly. It actually went by fairly quickly. I think I probably have about 12 hours time at this point toward building the rudder. Probably the most difficult part is trying to blind rivet the two skins together. It requires a bit of finesse to attach the first stiffeners together and then work the skin up as you blind rivet each set of stiffeners.
Aside from that, I also learned, again, that it is imperritive to follow the instructions each step at a time and not assume that when it instructs you to rivet the skin to the spar, it does not mean that you can also start riveting everything else at that same moment. There are several steps that require you to rivet in a specific order to be able to have access to all the points that you need to be able to rivet what needs to be riveted.
I am expecting to have this finished within the next five or six hours of work, at most. The final verdict will come when I see how the trailing edge ended up. That is a big test with the rudder and an area that many builders have issues getting right the first time.