Test Fitting the Tail Pieces

Before I proceed with any of the covering steps, I want to be sure that I understand exactly how the tail goes together. To check all of this out, i tried a test fit.

Tail Pieces in Place

Tail pieces installed, not quite lined up yet.


I repositioned the engine lift over to the downhill side of the airplane so that I could level it left-right. Our hangar floor has a bit of a slope to it- about 18 inches over the 42 foot width.
Airplane Leveler

Here's my technique for leveling the fuselage left to right.


My first impression after adding the tail pieces is that something isn’t quite right. The left half seems to be slightly higher than the right half. It’s hard to get an accurate measurement of where the pieces need to be exactly, so I need to come up with some better methods. While I was doing all of this, Tabitha was finishing up the nutplates on the floorboards for the rudder cable guards.
Rudder Cable Guard Nutplates

Rudder Cable Guard Nutplates

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Hours Logged This Session: 8.3
Total Hours: 1883.75