Monday, April 13, 2015

Vans Aircraft RV-12 Airplane Build, Section 11: Final Install of Stabilator

Reference: Pages 11-03; 4.0 hours

Today's project is to final install the stabilator on the RV-12 airplane.

First came installing the counter balance on the stabilator. Per instructions on page 11-03 of the RV-12 plans.

To help protect the paint on the tailcone, I slipped pieces of cardboard next to the tailcone.

To make the job easier I used 2X4s clamped to a bench to support the stabilator at the correct height.

Builder's note: While installing the tail I knocked off one of the washers that is glued to the stabilator hinge bolt. So rather than taking everything apart I made a washer holder out of a piece of aluminum.

It sure felt great to get the stabilator in place on the airplane. But of course no picture!