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Old 01-24-2018, 05:43 PM
Eztroller Eztroller is offline
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Default Rudder

Super UNHAPPY with the final rudder product... The picture shows a large gap (several of them) that will need to be correct. Any ideas on how to fix.
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:52 PM
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You could use an edge forming tool to put a slight break in the skin that overlaps. The Cleaveland Edge Forming Tool works great for this.

See their demo video here.
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Old 01-24-2018, 08:03 PM
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Bruce is right. If you see page 7-12, step #2 it calls for you to put a slight bend in the leading edge of the left skin.
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:37 PM
Jake14 Jake14 is offline
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I had a few gaps in my rudder LE. I drilled out the rivets and did some re-forming to remove the springback which causes the gaps. In a few places I added a rivet between the existing ones and also put an aluminum washer on the inside of the rivets (similar to those used on the baffles) to cinch things up better
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