Dolly and I started construction of the RV-7 empenage on November 4th after voting. 72 days later (70 shop days) the tail feathers are assembled except for the fiberglas tips that will be attached later.
This post is the story of building the elevators.
Counterbalance arms containing lead weights are attached on the outboard edges of the elevators
Rivets are held in place by amber colored rivet tape before being back riveted onto the skins.
All is held together with “C” clamps.
Bending can be done by another wood block and a hammer, or by a low pressure rivet gun with a mushroom set. I found the block and hammer to work best for me.
During construction of the empenage we did not ruin any parts and have to purchase replacements. I did however become an expert at drilling out bad rivets.