My Wooden Airplane
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7/29/2011 - 8/1/2011

Rudder Pedals

I decided I didn't care too much for the rudder pedals specified in the plans. They are
made of wood, hinged at the bottom, and resemble the gas pedal of a greyhound bus.
They resemble the rudder pedals in the Tony Bingelis books. Simple, but not sexy.

I decided to make mine more like those of a KR-2 or CH-601. It was simple enough. I used 5/8 x .035 tubing and some Delrin support blocks. Those lugs in the center are for the rudder cables. They will be running down the center of the fuselage instead of down the sides.

After welding, the top bars weren't parallel with the bottom bars (due to shrinkage), so I purchased an Oxy-Acetylene set and heated the vertical bars to make them pliable enough so that I could align the top bars with the bottom bars. I think they came out pretty good, and are very comfortable. The holes in the Delrin blocks are a little tight, so I may have to open them up slightly, but for now, at least they allow the pedals to stay upright on their own.

Total Time: 9.5 hrs.