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Task: Riveted the skeleton together, back-riveted
the stiffeners to the skins, and primed the trailing edge
by riveting the R-608PP reinforcement plate to the R-902 spar.
The K1000-6 nutplate was then riveted in place.
Next was the same task for R-607PP
bottom rib was then riveted to the R-710 brace to the R-917
shim to the R-902 spar to the R-606PP reinforcement plate.
The K1000-6 nutplate was also riveted on the back of the reinforcement
Lots of overlapping pieces here! The R-710 brace was then
clecod into place.
a view of the R-606PP reinforcement plate with all the rivets
that go through 5 parts.
I then deviated
from the instructions and set the 3 rivets that attach the
R-710 brace to the R-904 rib. By doing this I avoided using
blind rivets after the skins were riveted into place.
R-912 counterbalance rib was riveted to the R-902 spar. The
counterbalance skin was then clecod and riveted into place.
My 3" yoke on my hand squeezer would not reach so I decided
to drive the rivets. It worked well and was very fast. I'm
now to the point where I would rather drive a rivet than squeeze
it (assuming its 1/8").
The lead counter balance took some shaping to fit around the
rivets. I torqued the screws to 23 in. lbs.
Finally tried my first attempt at back-riveting. I can't believe
how it is! I used Avery rivet tape, taped all the rivets in
place, flipped the skin on the back-rivet plate, and set all
the rivets. You really can't mess it it up.
Here is the right
skin after all the stiffeners have been back-riveted on.
my dad into coming over before heading home to give back-riveting
a try. He doesn't know it yet but I'm going to make him do
the whole right elevator. Better practice!
The left rudder
skin nearly complete
The left skin is finished!
I clecod the right
skin to the skeleton. It's starting to look like a rudder!
I then clecod the
left skin to the skeleton. Now its a rudder!