Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jan 8 -- Right Elevator

What a great way to celebrate my birthday: I spent most of the day working on the project. A number of tasks were accomplished:
  • Enlarged selected holes in the skin and bottom spar to 1/8" (#30 drill bit). That's because a holes will require pop rivets in the bottom skin where I can't reach with the squeezer. After a considerable amount of research on other builder sites, I confirmed that there were a few additional rivets that need this treatment. Which is what I thought, but the instructions fail to mention. See the image below for details; the holes marked with the elipses and 1/8" are not practical to rivet with solid rivets because the counterbalance rib blocks access.
  • Used a spoon to smooth out a few kinks in the skin. This particular skin is a total pain in the ass to work with -- not looking forward to back-riveting the stiffeners.
  • Painted the inside of the skin.
  • Riveted the spar and horn together.

Total time today: 5 hours

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