Wed Jul 22 2009

Riveting top fuselage skins

Well, I'm working the night shift at work, so my afternoons are free. In need of a riveting partner I was fortunate enough to enlist the help of my friend, Tom Webster. Tom has already completed his RV-7A, and I've seen how nice his plane came out, so I felt totally comfortable with his riveting skills. His timing was spot-on! We got all the bulkheads riveted before Tom had to head out to get ready for Oshkosh. Thanks, Tom!

One area which I wasn't totally happy with was where the aft top skin riveted to the F-708 bulkhead. It seems the bulkhead was a bit low causing the skin to pull in a little at each rivet. I'm gonna have to think about whether I want to change this or not.