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Steve & Nancy Riffe
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Date:  3-16-2014
Number of Hours:  2.00
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Brief Description:  Empennage Fairing-Final

I reinstalled the HS followed by the VS. Because of the curve in the lower aft fairing, I could not get a c/s cage to fit. So, I cut a small relief in the fairing to make a flat surface surrounding the hole for the screw. I made a tab from some .040 stock and drilled a #28 hole, followed by a countersink. Then, I shaped the tab to fit the flat surface around the screw hole in the fairing. This tab allows the screw to spread the surface tension over a larger area when tightening down the screw. I installed the fairing using tinnerman washers and #6 screws. The small tabs on the lower fairing worked out well. I still have a couple of areas between screws that have a very slight pucker. I removed the fairing and worked these areas with a heat gun. Reinstalled the fairing—however, I could not tell a significant difference in the slight puckers. This may be something that I will have to live with. I removed the fairing, VS & HS and moved them back to storage. In looking back, I spent way too much time making this a one piece fairing—if I had it to do over again, I probably would just follow the plans design. Having said that, I am very pleased with the way the fairing turned out.
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Fairing installed

Fairing installed

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Tab for attaching lower fairing

Tab for attaching lower fairing

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Camera does not show the slight pucker, but it is there

Camera does not show the slight pucker, but it is there

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