<February 27, 2007>

More Right Flap Riveting

I managed to squeeze in a bit more riveting tonight (no pun intended). In a nutshell, I riveted the top of the flap and then rivets the spar into place. I was hoping I could finish the flap tonight, but I ran out of time. Oh well, maybe tomorrow.

Shooting the rivets on top of the flap was a pain in the butt. I used the same process that I did on the bottom, and it worked well, but I had to reach up over the leading edge and into the flap. It wasn't that bad, but it was less than ideal.

Once all the rib/skin rivets were set, I inserted the spar and riveted it to the ribs using LP4-3 blind rivets. I could have used solids here on the end, but why make things difficult on myself? The plans say to use pulled rivets and that's exactly what I did. To set these rivets I was able to flex the leading edge out of the way so that I could get my rivet puller in there. It was tight and I was afraid I was going to kink the leading edge, but fortunately I didn't.

All the blinds have been set. After I had installed all the blind rivets I realized that it probably would have been easier to do had I not clecoed the top skin to the spar as this would have allowed the skin to flex a bit more. Oh well, I'll remember that for the left flap.

I still have to rivet the spar to the skins and rivet the outboard rib, but I will leave that for another time.