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Right Wing Skins - 3/29/2007
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Primed the Leading Edge Skin and RibsPrimed the Leading Edge Skin and Ribs
I laid everything out in the back yard on some scrap lumber and primed all the surfaces of the ribs. Then I only primed the places on the skin where it made contact with the ribs.
Started clecoing everything togetherStarted clecoing everything together
I laid the skin on top of the work bench, then put in 2 clecos into the ribs, 1 on top and 1 on bottom. I decided to go ahead and cleco the splice strip to the end rib from the inside to hold the splice strip in place while it was being Clecoed to the skin.
Another shot of my clecoing processAnother shot of my clecoing process
1 cleco on bottom, 1 on top.
Clecoed in the end rib with the splice stripClecoed in the end rib with the splice strip
I think this should work out much better than the splice strip wrestling match I went through on the other wing.
Getting ready for putting the skin and ribs into the jigGetting ready for putting the skin and ribs into the jig
Here I put in 2 more rows of clecos with the skin flipped over on top of the work bench.
Slid that dude into position in the jig.Slid that dude into position in the jig.
Now itís just a matter of putting in the rest of the clecos. I managed to pull my son away from the television long enough to help me finish up.
Started putting in the rivetsStarted putting in the rivets
The instructions say to start at the aft end and work your way forward, putting in the rivets one at a time (Thatís funny, Iíve noticed that all of my rivets go in ďone at a timeĒ). The only problem with this is that the end most rivet wouldnít go into the first hole perfectly straight, it was leaning over badly. So I decided to put in the second rivet first (the green arrow). This pulled the rib in tightly against the skin. Now the first rivet fits nicely, ready for riveting. Also, I have to say the using the old rivet gun and bucketing bar produced much nicer shop heads than using the hand squeezer. I was able to keep the bucking bar at a perfect 90 degree angle with the rivet while bucking it. If the rivet is leaning over a bit, the hand squeezer just smashes the rivet head over to one side.
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