The work session for today focused on finishing up the horizontal stabilizer end hinges. Shown in the second picture is the doubler I had to make because the Czech’s who made the fast-build horizontal stabilizer drilled 2 holes in the wrong location. The doubler was made to correct these holes and provide additional strength to make up for the mess-up.
The photo above shows the outer side of the horizontal stabilizer end rib with outer hinge pilot-drilled. The next photo shows the back side with the doubler.
Working with my building buddy Garet again tonight. So thankful for all his help!
The horizontal stabilizer end hinge is now back in place. Everything is pilot-drilled (#40). The next steps are to final drill all the holes to #30 and to prime the new doublers.
Please comment, I love to hear from my readers. Thanks again for coming along for this ride, you make my work worthwhile.
Great work! I just found your website so will try and keep up with progress. Looks like a tonne of work!
Do you know if Stewart Partnership are getting close to offering kits? This looks like the exact thing I want but they seem to be unavailable.
Keep up the good work!
Thanks for your comments and for following me. The S-51 is absolutely a ton of work but well worth it. The Stewart Partnership is steadily working towards offering kits but I have no idea as to the timeline. I’m happy to keep seeing the progress they are making. It would be great to see these kits available again, as well as to have spare parts available for when I screw something up! Haha!
Dave Taylor says
Hi Mike. ( mate too ! I’m another Aussie…down under ..sic..)
I still have …and watch my VHS tape of the Stewart 51 promo video..!
Couldn’t afford the kit so I built an RV-4. , which I love , but still dream of the S-51……. Keep going… You’ll do it…!
Hi Dave, thanks for dropping me a line and checking out my the online hangar. Congrats on the RV-4!
Progress on the S-51 is slow but life changes are slowly taking shape that will ultimately help with the build.
One step at a time.