Tonight I just wanted to accomplish two things. First I wanted to determine what needs to be done about my bonehead mistake from last night. Second, the previous owner marked that the HS-404 for the right side needed to be replaced, and I wanted to determine if that was true or not.
Here are the pics of the bad HS-404 marked by the previous owner. It appears that there is a 1/8 gap between the flange and the spar. I believe it needs to be replaced.
I’ve emailed Van’s support about both problems and included pictures, and I will hold off on replacing the parts until I hear back from them.
I have the day off tomorrow, and I’m going to try my best to put as much of that time as possible towards the kit. I’ve got a lot going on, so I’m shooting for a full morning or afternoon. Since the only problem child on the right stab is the HS-404 front rib, I’m going to match drill everything else, and then begin deburring and preparing the parts for priming. Because the HS-405 is more likely to affect alignment, I’m going to hold off on doing anymore work on the left stab until that problem is resolved.