<September 5, 2005>

Riveted Right Elevator Skeleton (tried to)

After letting the parts dry overnight, I set out to rivet the right elevator skeleton today. I started off fine by riveting the doublers and nutplates, but it got ugly when I attempted to rivet the rib assembly to the elevator spar. It is a tight spot and I had trouble getting the rivet gun and/or bucking bar in there and I ended up bending over a few rivets. I drilled them out, and the next rivets started to lean over as well. I stopped before those rivets caused any damage, and I could feel myself starting to get frustrated, so I called it a day.

I feel out of practice (from riveting) after taking the week off.

The day started great with these rivets. It got ugly after this so I stopped taking pictures.