Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Sunday, December 28, 2008

5.5 hrs, 116 rivets

Finally started riveting on the left wing structure. Started by riveting nutplates to the tank attach strip.

Then got out the gun, and riveted 14 ribs to the main spar. Also reattached 6 nutplates that were drilled out yesterday. And finished by squeezing the forward spar/rib rivets that are covered up by the tank skin.

Figured out that I could squeeze the top and bottom spar/rib main rivets, at least until the spar reinforcing channels got too tall. But by then, the spar channel made a nice guide for the bucking bar.

It was cold in the shop, and it made for a long day. My hands are sore from all that riveting.