Elevator install time?

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Elevator install time?

Postby Rofomoto » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:42 am

I’m building a Sonex legacy plans biuilt. I started with the vertical and horizontal stabilizer rudder and elevators the end of February. I’ve just completed all except final riveting of elevator horn assembly. My question is should this be final riveted and completely assembled with hinge pins at this time? Thank you for any suggestions. Billy
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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby Rofomoto » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:41 pm

also i just realized i off set horn to wrong side on the elevator bracket.. but i think its ok if i attach control tube to other side what are your thoughts?
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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby NWade » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:35 pm

As a general rule of thumb I think its good to test-fit the control surfaces as you complete them - to ensure your hinges line up well and don't bind. But don't install any of the cotter pins or do any other "final assembly". You will likely need to remove the control surfaces to move the project around in tight spaces, or to gain access to certain areas during later construction, or just to keep the control surfaces stored separately and avoid getting "hangar rash" over the course of your entire build.

Good luck!

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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby Corby202 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:51 pm

Thats nice looking welding. Wouldn't have thought it would matter much the horn being offset a little, you might have to move the pushrod guides a fraction.
I found it easier to store the tailplane with the elevator attached but you will need to to remove those hinge pins every so often to make things easier to work on.
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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby Rofomoto » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:17 pm

The plans call it for an off set to the left so when the control rod is attached it is centered. I’m hoping because mine is off set to the othe side I can attach control rod to the the other side of horn.
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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby daleandee » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:12 pm

Subject: Elevator install time?

Rofomoto wrote:I’m building a Sonex legacy plans biuilt.


Hi Billy,

Just wanted to say that my hat is off to scratch builders. I built from a kit although a few parts had to be remade from scratch. 8~)

Before the photo was blocked I did get to see your welding and it appeared quite impressive.

Keep up the great work!

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Re: Elevator install time?

Postby Rofomoto » Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:36 am

daleandee wrote:Subject: Elevator install time?

Rofomoto wrote:I’m building a Sonex legacy plans biuilt.


Hi Billy,

Just wanted to say that my hat is off to scratch builders. I built from a kit although a few parts had to be remade from scratch. 8~)

Before the photo was blocked I did get to see your welding and it appeared quite impressive.

Keep up the great work!

Dale

Not sure why photo was takin down but thanx Dale
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