Trimming, cutting, sanding, fitting, cursing, repeating. I’m starting to get the hang of fiberglass work! This page was actually pretty tough. There are 12 nut plates arcing around the metal portion of the tail. I discovered that if you are not perfectly lined up with the nut plate, it’s extremely easy to get cross threaded. Once cross threaded, you are pretty much screwed. I sheared two screws and needed to drill out and replace those nut plates, and I damaged one to the point that I knew that I would eventually repeat the cross thread event and would have to replace it... ...so I went ahead and replaced it now. there are four very shallow indentations in the inner surface of the H stab to provide the required 1/8” clearance over the screw heads. I also learned that it’s best to just start the 12 perimeter screws, tighten the 8 screws that hold the upper to lower ‘halves’ together, then tighten up the perimeter. Lastly, the push rod for the AST leans a bit to the right, so I ended up widening the slot to the right to accommodate.
Rear Fairing, forward view
Rear Fairing, aft view