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Right Wing Skins - 3/20/2007
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Started work on the right bottom outboard skinStarted work on the right bottom outboard skin
There is something therapeutic about removing the blue plastic film from around the rivet holes with the soldering iron and ruler. It's a big reminder to "be in the moment" while working on this airplane. Maybe I ought to write a book called "The Art of Meditation and Aircraft Building".
Finished deburring and dimpling the skinFinished deburring and dimpling the skin
Since this outboard is so thin, I chose to use my pop-rivet dimplers to make the dimples. The pop-rivet dimples just seem to turn out really nice and I feel like I have more control of the outcome, rather than using the C-Frame and dead blow hammer. Next, I will start on the inboard bottom skin, using the old "C-Frame Whackarama" tool, since the skin is too thick for the pop-rivet dimplers. I'm sure my neighbors are wondering what the hell I'm doing in the garage with all the loud "whacks" while putting in the dimples into the skin with the dead blow hammer.
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