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Old 08-08-2012, 11:57 PM
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Default VS touches top skin

Is this typical, I fit the vertical stab two years ago and did not have the top skin on the plane. Today I put it on to discover that is just touches the top skin. I will be cutting some of this away. Is there a minimum space I should leave. I am thinking 1/8", what say you out there is VAF land. I rechecked the rigging and the VS is in fact vertical and plumb.

The last bit of the build seems like it should go faster but man there is a lot of nit noid things as you go.

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Old 08-09-2012, 03:57 AM
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I'm curious about this also. I think I'm going to have the same issue.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:18 AM
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Yep, mine was the same. I had to trim it back maybe a 1/4 inch.

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Old 08-09-2012, 04:22 AM
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Mine too. I trimmed the edge of the VS skin to get adequate clearance.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:15 AM
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Default No big deal

Just trim it to clear the top skin. The empenage fairing will cover it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:15 AM
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Yep, mine too. Trim as much as you need to get 1/8"-1/4" clearance and you are good to go. The fairing covers it all anyway.

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:49 AM
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Good information here to be filed away.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:04 AM
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Me too 1/8 to 1/4.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:00 PM
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Isn't that something......I had to trim off about 1/4 inch as well.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:02 PM
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Default Trim

Yep...happened to me too...trim off as needed so it's not touching the skin and call it good.
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