Afternoon of 26 May 04 - Day 3 at the Alexander Tech Center

We ate a few sandwiches in the shop as we were in the midst of removing the blue plastic from the parts of the skins that would be riveted - sort of worked right through lunch. Whether or not it's worth it to leave the plastic on the skins there is something I've heard discussed in the RV community, and the general consensus seems to be that it's not worth it. I would agree with that except we've got to ship our parts back to the shop, but I don't know . . . maybe it'll still not be worth it. I guess we'll find out eventually.

In any case, on to the spars and parts that we're about to rivet:

Parts back from the paint shop.
This illustrates that there's not as much primer on there as the rest of the pictures indicate - the blue sharpie was written before the primer went on.
Rear spar for the horizontal stabilizer getting clecoed and ready to rivet.
The center elevator hinge, though, gets bolted on.
Torquing the bolts.
The first row of rivets have been squeezed!
Detail on rear of the rear spar. The green tape and clecos denote places that we're not supposed to rivet because they attach to the ribs.
Drilling out a bad rivet.
I don't look very impressed, for some reason.
The rear spar is all done. Tomorrow it gets attached to the rest of the stabilizer.
Rear view of the front spar for the horizontal stabilizer. We've started riveting it.
Front view of the front spar.

In the following couple of photographs, it's mildly interesting to note that we're not following the directions from Van's. (What Van's tells you to do is to rivet the nose ribs to the skins and later rivet the rest of the frame to the nose ribs and the skin. Unfortunately, you've got to use blind rivets to rivet the frame to the nose ribs.) What we are doing is riveting the nose ribs to the the front spar before anything is attached to the skins. This cuts down on the number of blind rivets that are needed via a technique that Jacob will show us tomorrow.

Here are the rebel rivets. We're in Georgia, after all.
Detail of rivet squeezing.
Dad poses with the entire front spar, and the, er, side of ribs.
This was our only substantial "oops" of the day. A rivet had to be drilled out in the rear spar and the drilling went bad enough that the hole needed a larger rivet.
Detail on the oops. I only feel secure telling you about this because I know you'll never be able to find it after the airplane is flying.

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