After we got back from my first Pilots N Paws rescue, I was excited to keep working on the airplane.
I needed to start on the tip rib and counterbalance rib, so I needed to get the holes in the counterbalance to final size (#12, for a An509 screw).
I had some trouble awhile back with drilling the counterbalance holes to final size, and I don’t have any boelube, but i figured any lubrication would work better than none, so I poured some air tool oil into the holes and tried again.
This time, it worked much better. (I still got stuck a few times, but I didn’t come to a grinding halt like I did last time.)
I clecoed the counterbalance skin back onto these two ribs, inserted the counterbalance, and matchdrilled through those to make these holes in the ribs.
Next up, deburring.
After deburring and scuffing the tip rib, I dimpled all but the last 2 holes on the top and bottom of the rib.
Next, I clecoed the counterbalance skin on the right elevator skin and marked with a permanent marker where I wanted to scuff and prime. Some of the edges here have to be broken to make the skins seam from spar to coutnerbalance skin a little smoother. More in a later post.
Then, out with the trusty blue tape.
Then, I pulled out my #8 dimple dies (don’t have #10 dies, which are the correct dies for a #12 hole and AN509 screw) and dimpled the counterbalance skin. The countersinks on the right are the correct size. I need to figure out how to dimple the skin on the left a little more.
I’m going to research how people did this without #10 dies later.
No rivets set, but a good hour on the plane.