Tuesday November 16th, 2004|
Started Riveting Left Tank
Well, I'm probably going to borrow a 37-degree flaring tool from EAA 690 this weekend (why buy one when I'm only going to use it probably less than 20 times TOTAL in this entire project? At $80 dollars that equals 4 dollars a flare...pretty expensive if you ask me.
Anyway, I asked a friend and fellow EAA 690 member Burton Carlisle to come over and help me start riveting together the left tank. Burton's father is building an absolute award-winner RV-7 and Burton's helped at least some on every aspect of the project, so needless to say he knows his way around a rivet gun. He shoots absolutely perfect rivets. He's also already got his tools and will soon be ordering a full RV-7 QB kit. He'll be flying long before me, I'm sure.
We managed to get three ribs in and he's promised to come over Thursday evening to get the other two 'inner' ribs in (I can squeeze the inboard and outboard-most rivets by myself).
Oh yeah, what do you do when you have an almost-finished tank that you need to store somewhere? Well, put it on a wing of course. This looks super cool...very easy to envision the finished product (as in a finished wing).
And here's another shot. Yes...sorry...I get carried away occasionally with the camera. Oh well, that's why you run your own web server. :-)