Set To Cure

Back-riveting

Back riveting is essentially the best thing ever. Well, slightly worse than I thought because I don’t have a back riveting plate, so I was awkwardly shuffling my bucking bar around. But it’s a happy medium between the precision of the squeezer and the speed of the rivet gun. Put a strip of painters tape down and I can knock out an entire line of rivets in a minute or so. Not as precise as a squeezer of course but much easier to get good rivets than using a rivet gun.

R-1004

On the other hand, riveting the bottom rib in was a pain. The last three rivets are in a space too small for my bucking bar to fit. A back riveting plate would be perfect, but I still don’t have one. I saw some people online fashion their own bucking bars out of metal, so I set out on a journey to jury rig something up. I didn’t want to wait to buy a dedicated thin bucking bar online, because I wanted to get this all done and have the trailing edge curing before the weekend, since it nicely coincides with a trip out of town I have scheduled.

Therefore, I scoured the garage for anything remotely metal. My first choice: This piece of metal from the kit!

Not nearly hard enough, so my next bright idea was to use a cutoff disc.

Surprisingly, it did not work. Here’s the innocent cutoff disc that I was prepared to sacrifice.

Ultimately, I grabbed a chisel, that still wasn’t as hard as I wanted it to be but it sort of did the job.

All scratched up now though

All in all, should’ve used pop rivets.

Oh well, onwards to proseal!

Time and Cost

Money spent so far:

Category Budget Spent
Tools 3800 4000
Shipping 300 524
Empennage 4310 4310

Time spent so far:

Task Time
Shop 36
Vertical Stabilizer* 36
Rudder 25
Totals: 97

*Finished

Time spent:
Category Time
Vertical Stabilizer
Elevator
Horizontal Stabilizer
Rudder 15
Tail Cone

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