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December 4, 2004: The first step is to inventory the parts.

December 5, 2004: 2.0 hrs - Finishing rear horizontal stabilizer spar reinforcement bars.

December 6, 2004: 1.5 hrs - Finishing rear horizontal stabilizer spar reinforcement bars.

December 7, 2004: 4.5 hrs - Edge finishing and pre-assembly of rear horizontal stabilizer rear spar.

December 8, 2004: 6.5 hrs - Edge finishing and pre-assembly of front horizontal stabilizer rear spar.

December 9, 2004: 1.0 hrs - Preparation of horizontal stabilizer ribs.

December 10, 2004: 2.0 hrs - Pre-assembly of left horizontal stabilizer skeleton.

December 12, 2004: 2.5 hrs - Fitting left horizontal stabilizer skin to skeleton.

December 13, 2004: 2.0 hrs - Fitting right horizontal stabilizer skin to skeleton.

December 15, 2004: 2.0 hrs - Fitting right horizontal stabilizer skin to skeleton, drilling horizontal stabilizer skins.

December 18, 2004: 1.0 hrs - Deburring and dimpling left horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 20, 2004: 2.0 hrs - Deburring and dimpling left horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 22, 2004: 1.0 hrs - Deburring horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 27, 2004: 3.0 hrs - Deburring and dimpling right horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 29, 2004: 1.0 hrs - Preparing and priming horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 30, 2004: .5 hrs - Priming horizontal stabilizer parts.

December 31, 2004: .5 hrs - Priming horizontal stabilizer parts.

January 2, 2005: .5 hrs - Priming horizontal stabilizer parts.

January 3, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Dimpling right horizontal stabilizer skin.

January 8, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Preparing and priming horizontal stabilizer parts.

January 9, 2005: 4.0 hrs - Riveting horizontal stabilizer rear spar.

January 13, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Riveting horizontal stabilizer spars.

January 14, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Riveting left horizontal stabilizer skin.

January 15, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Riveting left horizontal stabilizer skin.

January 16, 2005: 10.0 hrs - Final assembly and riveting horizontal stabilizer.

January 20, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Fabrication of vertical stabilizer rear spar doubler.

January 21, 2005: 4.0 hrs - Fabrication of vertical stabilizer rear spar doubler.

January 22, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Preparation of vertical stabilizer rear spar doubler.

January 23, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Preparation of vertical stabilizer front and rear spars.

January 26, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Preparation of vertical stabilizer ribs.

February 1, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Fluting vertical stabilizer ribs, preparation of vertical stabilizer skin.

February 2, 2005: 3.5 hrs - Drilling vertical stabilizer skin; deburring, dimpling and countersinking vertical stabilizer spars.

February 5, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Deburring and dimpling vertical stabilizer ribs, deburring vertical stabilizer skin.

February 6, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Dimpling vertical stabilizer skin, priming vertical stabilizer skin.

February 7, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Fabrication of rudder stiffeners

February 13, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Priming vertical stabilizer parts.

February 14, 2005: .5 hrs - Priming vertical stabilizer parts.

February 15, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Riveting vertical stabilizer rear spar.

February 16, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Riveting vertical stabilizer skeleton.

February 21, 2005: .5 hrs - Riveting vertical stabilizer skin.

February 22, 2005: 4.0 hrs - Final assembly and riveting vertical stabilizer.

February 27, 2005: .5 hrs - Trimming rudder skin stiffeners.

February 28, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Deburring and edge finishing rudder skin stiffeners.

March 1, 2005: .5 hrs - Deburring and edge finishing rudder skin.

March 7, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Fitting, drilling, deburring and dimpling rudder skin stiffeners.

March 8, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Deburring, dimpling and priming rudder skin stiffeners.

March 9, 2005: .5 hrs - Priming rudder skin.

April 4, 2005: 3.5 hrs - Riveting rudder skin stiffeners.

April 5, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Bending rudder trailing edge.

April 6, 2005: 4.5 hrs - Fabrication and pre-assembly of rudder skeleton.

April 7, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Priming rudder skeleton parts.

April 11, 2005: 2.5 hrs - Priming, deburring and dimpling rudder parts.

April 12, 2005: 2.5 hrs - Priming and riveting rudder skeleton parts.

April 13, 2005: 4.0 hrs - Final assembly and riveting rudder.

April 16, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Rudder leading edge rolled and closed, counterweight and bearings attached.

April 19, 2005: 2.5 hrs - Trimming elevator skin stiffeners.

April 23, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Trimming, deburring and edge finishing elevator skin stiffeners.

April 25, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Drilling, deburring and dimpling elevator skin stiffeners.

April 29, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Priming elevator skin stiffeners.

May 1, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Priming elevator skin stiffeners.

May 2, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Priming elevator skin stiffeners and elevator skins.

May 4, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Riveting elevator skin stiffeners to right elevator skin, bending right elevator trailing edge.

May 5, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Deburring, edge finishing and drilling right elevator skeleton.

May 8, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Trimming right elevator mass ballance.

May 10, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Preparing right elevator tip ribs.

May 12 to May 28, 2005 I was out of town participating in the World Class national soaring championships: Contest Details

June 1, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Preparing right elevator tip and mass ballance.

June 3, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Fabrication of right elevator skeleton.

June 4, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Fitting right elevator skin to skeleton and drilling.

June 10 to June 24, 2005 I was out of town participating in the Standard Class national soaring championships: Contest Details

June 25, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Priming right elevator parts, trimming left elevator skin stiffeners.

June 27, 2005: 1.5 hrs - Priming right elevator parts, fabricating elevator trim access reinforcement.

June 29, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Priming right elevator parts, drilling left elevator skin stiffeners.

July 1, 2005: 6.0 hrs - Final assembly and riveting right elevator.

July 11, 2005: 0.5 hrs - Priming left elevator parts, riveting elevator trim access reinforcement.

July 14, 2005: 1.0 hrs - Dimpling and priming left elevator skin.

July 15, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Riveting stiffeners to left elevator skin.

July 20, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Edge finishing and fluting left elevator ribs.

July 21, 2005: 5.0 hrs - Preparing left elevator tip and mass ballance, fabrication of left elevator skeleton, drilling left elevator.

July 22, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Bending left elevator trim bay tabs and trim tab end tabs.

July 23, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Deburring and dimpling left elevator parts.

July 27, 2005: 3.0 hrs - Priming left elevator parts; drilling, deburring and dimpling trim tab.

July 28, 2005: 5.0 hrs - Assembly of left elevator and trim tab.

July 29, 2005: 6.0 hrs - Final assembly and riveting left elevator and trim tab.

August 5, 2005: 2.0 hrs - Rolling elevator leading edges.

August 6, 2005: 4.0 hrs - Fitting elevators to horizontal stabilizer.

This completes the basic empennage structure. Fiberglass tip fairings will be installed durring finishing.

The next step is Wings.

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