Rudder Pedals

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Now that the floor board is fastened in place I turned my attention to the rudder pedals. The two pedals were cut from RS-591. The curve was cut using the Dremal circle cutting attachment, I doubt my feet will be bothered by the center hole. Once they were cut the hinges were attached and they were mounted on the floor board. Two 1/4″ slots were cut in the floor board to accommodate the nose gear controls.

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Rudder pedals attached to floor board

Next the nose gear steering brackets were fabricated from RS-200. Unlike the TEAM prototype, my 1030 has the floor board sitting on the nose gear c-channel support so I had to make the brackets longer than the plans.

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Nose gear rudder bracket
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Extended brackets

Next it was necessary to cut slots in the fuselage bottom so these brackets can reach the outside. I did this by using the floor board as a guide drilling two 1/4″ holes at the end of each slot.

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Transfer slots to fuselage bottom
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Guide holes for slots

Then using 3/16″ drill bit I drilled a series of holes the between the two 1/4″ holes. It was necessary to make the slots in the fuselage longer than the floor board slots so I extended the holes.

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Holes drilled length of slot

Using the 1/4″ round file I connected the slots and cleaned the edges with a flat file.

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Nose gear steering arm slots

Next the brackets were attached to the pedals and the floor board installed to check fit.

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Rudder pedals with nose gear brackets

This area will be difficult to access once the fuselage top is installed so, according to the plans, I cut an access hole in the front of the fuselage. Again the Dremel circle cutter was handy.

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Dremel circle cutter

I did not make one continuous cut, each half was cut leaving a little bit of material between the two halfs.

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Leave a little connected on each side to ensure you end up with a circle

The cover was installed to check fit.

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Access cover looks great
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Access cover inside

To complete this I fabricated the rudder cable and spring brackets then attached them to the pedals. The front nose gear c-channel was removed and two 1/8″ holes drilled in it. Two springs were installed on the two holes with the other end attached to the pedals.

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Sidings attached to c-channel
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Springs attached to pedals

Since the circle cutter was out I also cut the hole for the foot step.

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Foot step hole
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One thought on “Rudder Pedals

    David said:
    June 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful workmanship

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