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RV-9A: Right Elevator - 12/4/2005
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Finished dimpling the right elevator main spar assemblyFinished dimpling the right elevator main spar assembly
I finished off the dimpling of the E-906 end rib with my Avery vise grip dimpler. I also dimpled the rest of the holes in the right elevator skin.
It's Prime Time!It's Prime Time!
I put on my heavy double filter mask that I got from Lowes (aircraft supply - arr arr) and set up the saw horses with a half sheet of plywood on them in the driveway. I used my Sherwin Williams rattle can primer and sprayed away.
Rivet on the 2 E-910 reinforcement plates and K1000-6 nut plates to the sparRivet on the 2 E-910 reinforcement plates and K1000-6 nut plates to the spar
If you don't have a pneumatic squeezer.... GET ONE!
Riveted the E-903 and E-904 ribs togetherRiveted the E-903 and E-904 ribs together
I couldn't get the pneumatic rivet squeezer over the rib flanges to get to the rivets, so I took one of the dimple dies out and positioned the squeezer over the flanges. Then I had just enough room to put the dimple die back in so I could use the squeezer.
Riveted on the E-913 counterbalance skin onRiveted on the E-913 counterbalance skin on
I started on the front of the skin and worked my way back, leaving the last 6 holes unriveted so I could rivet the counterbalance skin to the elevator skin later.
Riveted the WD-605 control horn to the elevator spar assemblyRiveted the WD-605 control horn to the elevator spar assembly
I put my "no-hole" yoke into the pneumatic squeezer and had problems putting in all these rivets.
Beautiful end to beautiful dayBeautiful end to beautiful day
It was time to rivet on the stiffeners to the top of the elevator skin. Then I realized that I will need help to hold the skin apart to do this part. I decided to quit working and walked out onto the driveway. I looked up and was blown away by this incredible sunset. Ain't life good?
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