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Assembling the Vertical Stabilizer
The first step of the day was to prime all the prepared parts. Assembly then begins with the spar and spar doubler.
Here's the rear VS Spar assembly ready to be riveted together. Note the blue painter's tape I've used to cover the holes that line up with the ribs. I didn't want to accidentally rivet those holes shut without the ribs being attached. Sometimes, once you get on a roll, its easy to rivet a hole before all the parts are attached... or at least that's what I've been told! Not that I have ever done that.
The rear spar assembly is the last piece to be attached to the VS so that is set aside after assembly.
This is a picture of the Vertical Stab after beginning the riveting. The center rib is riveted in place and the forward spar is partially riveted here.
Here's a shot inside of the VS as I was riveting the skin. You can see the set rivets and in the center, a rivet in place ready to be set.
And here is a picture of the Vertical Stab after riveting all pieces in place. It's now ready for inspection by my A&P and then the rear spar will be riveted in place to close things up.
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