Saturday January 27th, 2007|
Riveted Final Top Skin
This morning I finished up with tidying the ELT wiring and I waited for the top of the hour to test my ELT (ELT testing is supposed to only be done in the first 5 minutes of any given hour). I seriously doubt that the signal would transmit very far since a) I'm on the ground and b) I'm in my garage. Whatever...I sent Jaime across the street with my handheld radio to listen for the ELT. She gave me the thumbs-up and all was good. Thanks, Jaime for the help. Now that everything from the baggage area to the aft deck is done I can rivet on the last rear skin...which is precisely what you see me doing in the photo above.
Burton came over and helped me rivet. We were actually able to rivet on the skin without either of us getting into the fuselage. It requires a long reach and a sturdy hand, but it can be done. You can see the ball of blue painter's tape on the seat back bulkhead. That's how I protect paint and the longerons when bucking. When Burton helps me he always shoots and I buck. Seriously, the bucking is the more difficult (and more crucial) part of riveting.
After a while of banging we were all done. We finished up at about 11 o'clock or so.
Here's another picture. This thing looks sooooo cool!
Toby says there is WAAAY too much noise in here.
Let me say one thing about building an airplane. The way to master riveting is to get a good riveting partner. There's no other way to put it. If you're constantly having to coach new helpers on how to rivet it will slow you down considerably. Burton has been a huge help on this project. We did not put one single ding on the entire fuselage riveting it together. Knowing exactly what your riveting parter is going to do and getting a system of communication down is key.
Thanks, Burton for all your help! One more skin to go!