An Actual Plane Part!
Continuing the Vertical Stabilizer:
Here and I thought I was pretty much done with all the setup humdrum! Little did I know how much setup goes into HVLP. I finally set up the famous purple gun from Harbor Freight for a low low price of $8 (with a super coupon!) and practiced on some scraps to perfect my technique. I finally settled on wet abrading with maroon scotchbrite, cleaning with water, and finally finishing with acetone. A quick water break test confirms (to a reasonable degree) that the metal is clean. Below is the result of that method, having primed the parts for the stabilizer.
|Primed internals with AKZO Nobel in a spray tent|
|Just before flipping the parts to prime the other side|
Dimpling and Riveting:
While waiting for the AKZO to cure, I assembled the DRDT-2 platforms to plans specifications, Which works, but I'm not terribly impressed with. I covered the platform in some outdoor carpet from Home Depot. Using this, I was able to dimple the vast majority of the skin holes, finishing with the pneumatic squeezer.
|Plans-typical DRDT-2 skin platform|
|Rear spar assembled and riveted|