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July 1996:  Empennage kit has arrived; wasn't really sure what I was going to do with all these parts and starting to wonder if I could really learn how to do this.  Picture quality not real good hear because this is a digital photo of a real picture....affordable digital cameras didn't exist when I started this project (not even sure expensive ones could be bought at that time).


After inventory process, trying to find space in the garage for all the empennage parts:


My first use of clecos.  This was the first generation of "pre-punched" tail kits Van's sold.  Pre-punched wing kits were still not available but since I was building between submarine patrols, I would later get one of the first generation "pre-punched" wing kits (only skins were pre-punched, not ribs, etc).  Posting these pics 11 years after they were taken - can't believe that's really me!! 


My first temporarily joined parts (horizontal stabilizer halves):


Built jig for horizontal and vertical stabilizer construction.  Trying to figure out how I was going to use this jig to align and build the HS and VS parts:


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Empennage:   pg 1   |  pg 2  |  pg 3  |  pg 4  |  pg 5  


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