Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Elevator ribs and assembly

I found it easier to build each rib individually, considering the taper. Only three ribs per elevator! Two are the same. One is different.

Once the glue was dry, a 3/8 in hole was drilled for the trailing edge tubing. Cut square to fit on the band saw.

After the 1/4 in capstrip was glued and nailed to the front spar, the end taper was created with a portable sander. Here's the end being formed.

Trial fit. Still have to sand the bottom.

Another look at the rough shaping.

The entire elevator was assembled today. Interestingly - as said in the previous blog - because the rib tapers (largest in the center of the elevator - 1 3/8 in) you have to shim the rear spar 1/4 in and make sure the trailing edge is 7/8 in high (if you built the rib correctly). That way, the center line of the rib extends to the center of the spar (forward) and the center of the tubing (rearward). We want everything to line up straight!




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