In order to determine how to trim the lower rudder tip I mounted up the rudder. Since the vertical stabilizer was already mounted, it was easy.
Here is the critical dimension I needed to trim the forward part of the fiberglass tip to. I think it was 3 3/8".
I calculated I needed to take 1 3/32" off of the front of the tip, so I marked that and then drew a line going all the way back to to the end to trim.
DOH! Spilled my beer all over the instruction manual. Believe it or not, this is the first spill I think I have had in the 2000 hours of this project. Very unlike me not to spill beer. This was definitely due.
After the emergency beer cleanup I trimmed the bottom tip and make a notch for the rudder horn.
The notch turned out super. First perfectly.
I will need to trim a little off the front, but I don't know quite how much yet. Should be < 1/2"
And here is a trial fit. Looks pretty good.
I have about 1/4 - 3/8" clearance here. Perfect. I am super happy with how this is.
CRAP! Damn hollow chip in the front of the empennage fairing. This thing is going to kill me.
Last Modified: August 13, 2023