Saturday February 12th, 2005|
Started Riveting Right Bottom Outboard Skin; Riveted Aileron Stiffeners
Whew....today was a rather productive day. This morning at about 10:00, Burton came over and we started riveting the outboard skin on Jaime's wing (that's what I call the right wing. The left wing is mine. Figure it out...and no...it doesn't have anything to do with politics) :-).
We only got the joint and the rear and main spar rivets to the next bay outboard done because he had to go to work.
Here you see how we pulled the skin back. The skin is duct-taped to the chair that you see there.
And here's the view from the other side...
After Burton bailed to go to the day job, I decided that I would install the access plates on the parts of the skin that were already riveted. I hadn't yet installed the nutplates so I did that and screwed on the plates.
...random shot of the lap joint. I thought this came out well. I sort of wish that I wouldn't have used the edge forming tool on the top skins. I like the look of this better. Oh well...no biggie.
Next I dimpled the aileron skins for the stiffeners angle, prepped and primed the stiffeners and the skins (this took forever), then I shot primer on 'em.
Here are all 32 stiffener angles primed and ready to be back-riveted to the skins.
Then I spent an hour and a half or so and back-riveted all of the stiffeners to the skins. Back-riveted is by far the easiest form of riveted..but it had been a while since I had done it so it took a couple of rivets to get the hang of it again (you have to hold the back-rivet set perfectly perpindicular to the material being riveted or the rivet will 'hook' over the side of the dimple.
Next I pulled out the old homemade 'bending break' that I used on the empennage. I bent the trailing edges of the ailerons....making strange facial contortions the entire time! I don't think I took a single breath will placing what was probably half my body weight on this thing...whew...glad that's over.
Then I clecoed in the spars to make sure that everything looked ok. Everything seemed to be ok.
Hopefully tomorrow I can get Jaime out in the garage to help me rivet some more on 'her' bottom outboard skin.