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Friday, June 12, 2009

Rudder Back Riveting

This morning I spent a couple of hours backriveting the skin stiffeners onto the Rudder. Went really fast and this process makes realy great flush rivets. Basically you tape the rivets into place, then turn the project upside down on a steel plate, use the rivet gun and hammer the back of the rivet. Usually the gun is used on the flush head you will find on the oustide of the airplane and a bucking bar on the back of the rivet. Doing it backwards allows for quick single person riveting but only if you are able to work on a flat surface.
I will get to rivet this way on the Rudder Skins and on the Elevators. Its a great way to rivet, wish I could us this in more places.

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