Van's RV-9A in Aurora

The Big Picture

The Big Picture
Flying! 8/28/2011

Sunday, March 2, 2008

1.5 hrs and 138 rivets
Finished riveting skins to the spar and bottom rib. Used blind rivets for the last one, even the thin nose yoke won't do the trick. Again used a trick from Smitty's page to get the four skin/rib/bracket rivets at the base of the root rib. Just used the 3" standard yoke and a small diameter 3/4" flush set, along with a 1/8" flush set on the moving set. With the small diameter sets, it was easy to tell if the squeezer was centered on the rivet.

Clecoed the nearly complete rudder to the angle that was match drilled yesterday. Looks like all the holes line up. Also built a roller jig for the leading edge. Basically just drilled a 3/8" hole at 90 degrees to each other into a long section of a closet rod. I knew I saved that for all these years for some reason! A screwdriver will fit nicely into the holes, and will provide good leverage for rolling the skins. As soon as help arrives, I'll roll the leading edge.