Well, I needed a break from all of that rib preparation, so I took the seven ribs I had done for the inboard half of the right wing and got started riveting them to the main rib (Most people start with the main rib, because you can bend the ribs a little out of the way of the rivet gun while you shoot and buck.)
Per the general builder consensus, you should start with the 3rd rib. (3rd, 2nd, and 1st rib flanges all point inboard, so having the 2nd and 1st in the way would not be fun. If you start with the third, you can easily reach the forward flange.)
After the first five rivets…
Let’s get a little closer…
Of course, it wasn’t until the second rib that I remembered my tape trick to keep from marring the manufactured heads too much.
Then, I did the 4th, 6th, then 5th, and finally, the 7th.
1.0 very fun and rewarding hour. It’s nice to see something big take shape for the last time in the garage.
5 rivets times 7 ribs equals 35 rivets, two of which were drilled out and replaced. (The first rivet, and the last rivet. Boo.)
Now, back to rib prep.