|When I got home today, nobody was around, so what do you do if you are
home alone? Shoot Rivets! Of Course.
I have choir practice tonight at 7:30 but I think that if I really try to move on this, I may be able to finish up the HS by tonight. The riveting actually goes along pretty fast now because I don't stop after every rivet and check to see if the shop heads look reasonable. I pretty much go by how long I squeeze the trigger on the gun. I still have the blue plastic on the inside of the aft portion of the skin so I don't have to worry too much about scratching the surface with the buck.
|Here I've flipped over the HS and have shot all of the rivets in the center, Liz came home and took the gun and I concentrated on bucking. We really got into a rhythm and made good progress. All that's left now is the ones that can be squeezed along the two flanges. Soooo.... (Irv, Tom and anyone else who's worried about it) I am REMOVING THE PLASTIC!|
|Liz wanted to try her hand at squeezing rivets. She got real good at it.|
|Now I installed the rear spar. I start by clecoing the spar to both HS-405's you may have to move the skin to get the holes to line up. before the cleco will go in.|
|Then install clecos in every 4th hole or so. This really strengthens it up a lot.|
|Now you can put rivets in every hole that ain't got a cleco.|
|Squeezing goes along real fast and all of the rivets come out exactly the same.|
|Once I had one side of HS-601PP rivets down, I replaced the HS-405 clecos with AN470AD4-7 rivets. the -7 rivet is a real manly rivet.|
|I've found that some of the holes need to be cleaned out with the #30 drill before the AD4 rivet will fit.|
|I also put in the BSPQ-5-4 blind rivets into HS-708.|
|Then I flipped it over to do the other side. Kathryn came home and wanted to put in clecos.|
|OK, Kathryn. You can be my "Official" cleco installer!|
|The riveting went fast again and in no time WE WERE DONE WITH THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER! Kathryn reminded me that she was also the "Official" plastic remover.|
|Yeeee-HAAAAA! This thing is BEAUTIFUL! And It's 7:15, Just in time to go to choir.|
|Back from choir, no time to waste, Just some sort of a debate on TV so,
On to the Vertical Stabilizer.
First cleco the spar doubler (VS-808PP) to the spar (VS-803PP).
|Then find VS-410, VS-411 and VS-412 hinge brackets and cleco them on.|
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The Hammock Flew