Whoa. He’s back. Again. I know the updates have been few and far between, but please rest assured: I have not been working on the airplane without updating the site. I guess that’s not a good thing either…
I spent a few hours today cleaning out the garage and reorganizing a little.
Then, I decided to work on the airplane. Since I haven’t coordinate the cousin to come over and bang out some of these bottom skin rivets, I figured I could rivet the flap hinge up until it prevents me from bending back the skin.
I do need to trim the one side of the flap hinge, though.
Oh yeah, I needed to smooth out the eyelet remnants where I had snipped them off to make a centrally-inserted set of hinge pins. See this post for more.
Let’s get to riveting. The rivet callout here is an AN426AD3-4.
I didn’t really feel like getting out the rivet gun (and I can’t use my no-hole yoke because the eyelets get in the way), so I made it work with my economy squeezer.
After 8 perfect rivets, I couldn’t help but take a picture of some shop heads.
0.5 hour. 8 rivets. Again. Not bad for not working on it in 2 months.
Woo-hoo! Shop heads!!! Oh how I missed them. Indeed those are good ones.
Serious comment for a second: Lately, I find myself usually grabbing the economy squeezer for AD3 rivets. The Cleaveland Main Squeeze seems like such overkill for anything but the -4 rivets, and somehow there’s a better feel for the -3’s being set with the cheap riveter (probably related to the extra force it takes).
Oh also, my heavy-duty yoke doesn’t like to release rivet sets, whereas the econ yoke pops them out easily (sometimes too easily).
But I suppose if I had 10 squeezers, I’m sure I would use all 10, with a different set in each. Hmmm…..