Day’s like these are my favorite days. Lot’s of riveting. After a few minutes of reviewing the plans and construction manual, I grabbed the needed rivets from my hardware box.
I know this stuff can be boring, but my basic plan was to cleco every other hole, put a rivet in the other holes, tape, rivet, then uncleco, put rivets in the empty holes, move the tape over, then rivet.
So I keep using the tape over and over to protect the skins from scratching from the flush squeezer sets. After about 7 rivets, I replace the tape.
Everyone seems to have this picture. It’s a complicated intersection, but everything looks good here.
I was humming along doing great on the counterbalance skin when I noticed this.
Okay, let’s move on to “permanently” mounting the counterbalance.
No matter how hard I try, I always seem to mar the nuts.
There were four rivets on the aft end of each side that I couldn’t reach with the squeezer. I think the girlfriend might be sleeping, and it’s in my best interest not to make any loud noises with the rivet gun.
After a few errands and a couple hours passed, I snuck (ha, the rivet gun kind of gives away my location) back out to the garage to finish up. I have a pretty crazy setup of a few thin steel plates wedged against eachother with a blade screwdriver (something like this) to buck in tight places.
All I have to do now is roll the leading edges.
Oh. And figure out what to do about FORGETTING TO USE RTV ON THE AFT END OF THE STIFFENERS BEFORE FINAL ASSEMBLY. DOH!
72 rivets set per side, so 144 total. Good progress.