I now have just about all the hardware ready to be installed. I'll have to paint first, but I've drilled pilot holes into the epoxy fill so that I know where to install everything.
I purchased the 2 1/8" wide Davey & Co pintles & gudgeons from the Chandlery, but I had added an extra 4.2mm chunk of plywood in the middle of the rudder, so they won't fix without major chiseling that I didn't want to do.
I ordered a set of 2 1/2" Racelite from Chuck at Duckworks. Much easier to install, since my rudder was 2 61/128" (according to my caliper).
|Chalked a center line|
That determined the locations of gudgeons.
Aligning all this was kind of a pita. I had to install only the outside screws on the pintle straps so that I could make sure they were aligned with the gudgeons. Then I had to make sure the gudgeons were straight.
It all worked out. I think this was easier than the bronze p&g from Davey & Co.
|Rudder dry fitwith 1/2" flat head screws.|
|Drilled out the 1/2" screw holes for 1/4-20 round head bolts.|
Then I can fill half the holes. That way I can align everything just like I want.
I also found the time today to dry fit the cockpit coamings. I screwed them in with 1" #8 screws.
I had planned to go out tonight and glue them in, but it's too cold in the garage and I don't want to leave the heater on all night.
|I enlarged the 2 center holes and filled them. Then I drilled correct holes through the epoxy. Finally, I enlarge and drill out the other set of holes.|
|Shot of the rudder head with some holes filled.|
|cockpit coamings dry fit|