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First part to be built was the rudder.

The rudder in the original kit, is built using the same methods in all Loehle kits. It's purpose is to give the builder some idea of how the rest of the airplane is built. If you have built any model airplane as a kid this kit is nothing more than a big model airplane.

 

 

 

My kit arrived and the shipper actually had stepped on the box and every long stick was either broken in half or cracked in some place. Having spoken with kit manufacture, they had ensured me that the epoxy was stronger than the wood. So I epoxied each piece together and let it cure over night.

The next day I tested the epoxied wood and indeed the wood broke before the epoxy. I replaced the broken wood with aircraft spruce wood. The kit manufacturer gave me the run around on who's fault it was, the sticks arrived in the condition it did.

The advertisement stated that each part would be labeled. They were marked with a black magic marker. Not all parts were identified. And a few parts were missing. The hardware was not aircraft quality and the parts could be purchased in the local hardware store.

 

 

 
 

The picture shows one rib assembled.

Ist step is to build each rib. (5 ribs) Place wax paper over your prints.

When you open your prints, the first thing you'll notice is the prints do not offer you any dimensions. You basically build each rib with material that is .25 in square stock. You can use nails to hold the rib formers in place. You then use the same material as speeders, much like a model airplane.

All material is not the same. Some rib material bends easier than others. You have to use more nails on some ribs stringers than others. You'll be cutting many pieces at angles. Do not use to much epoxy. If you mix to much, you can reese what you don't use and worm it up next time. Use some kind of latex glove.

 

 

 

Rudder post assembly.

In this part you will be using 3/8 X 7/8 X 48 in slotted white pine. The pictures that you see at the left hand side of the screen will help you see more on the build process. The slotted material is about 1/8 deep and the geodetic material will fit in these slots. This were the strength becomes evident. You are supplied with a 12mm plywood filler strip, that requires three hands to hold together. The picture to the left depicts just one rib.

 

Rudder ribs, trailing edge and vertical bar assembly.

In this part you will be using 3/8 X 7/8 X 48 in slotted white pine. The pictures that you see at the left hand side of the screen will help you see more on the build process. The slotted material is about 1/8 deep and the geodetic material will fit in these slots. This were the strength becomes evident.

 

 

 

Bottom rib 5 assembly.

The bottom rib box containts rib 5, bottom plywood cap, rubber bar, bottom bolt and rudder bar structure. One pair of support gussets and three T nut plates. When assebled you'll have very little area to work in. You should paint all inside wood parts a this time. Note that in picture you can see tthe curved rudder post bar and plywood structure. AT a later time you will need to cut a hole to allow the wiring for the tail light and strobe. You well also make a fiber glass fixture to accomodiate the electrical assembly.

 

 

Rudder top cap assembly.

In this picture you can see that at the top of the rudder support bar, you have gussets, a vertical support bolt and nut assembly. It is here that I made fiber glass tip cover removable for future inspections. Again very little room to work in. Here you get a break, because you don't have to make room for a rudder whit lite, the spitfire has it down at the same level as the elevator.

 

 

 

 

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