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Old 02-24-2012, 08:10 AM
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Done it also...hard work and slow going, you have to be patient and methodical, but certainly can be done.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:45 AM
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Default Thanks for the advice guys.

Think I'll rig up some means of holding back the skin and dive in!

Gotta got-er-done! I want to final mount my wings, fill the tanks and get on toward first engine run!

The project has had a low priority for the past year but I'm ramping it back up.

Thanks again.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:27 AM
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Default No way

I just finished my slow build wing and I can't imagine setting those rivets without help. Even if you do I'm pretty sure you'll be happier with the end result if you get some assistance. I always let my less experienced helpers use the rivet gun; I feel the talent is on the bucking bar end.

Here's one of my helpers (daughter).

None of my helpers had ever held a rivet gun before and I couldn't be happier with the results.

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Old 02-24-2012, 01:10 PM
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I sent you an email with my phone number. I'm in Milwaukee and can give you a hand.

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Old 02-24-2012, 04:56 PM
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Default Another approach ...

... is to get help with the rivets in the rear spar and then up each rib about 4 or 5 rivets. After that, you can reach the remaining ones solo and without shredding your arm or contorting like a pretzel. That way your helper doesn't have to spend half a day. That's what I did and it worked fine. MUCH easier than trying to reach those furthest ones yourself.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:02 PM
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This tool helped with the rivets along the aft spar.

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Old 03-11-2012, 08:34 AM
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I am about 25 % through doing bottom skins. They are in a wing craddle with leading edge down. You are right, it is tough. I have forearms that don't fit well through the lightening holes, so it "leaves a mark". It is possible to do, and I am getting better as I go along. I have a couple skin dents from my bucking bar slipping, and if anyone knows how to refurbish these types of mess-ups.....would be appreciated.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:58 AM
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Default Wear a long sleeve shirt or fleece

A long sleeve shirt or thin fleece is what I use... will help save your arms from scratches and bruises when you reach through lightening holes. the fleece hangs up on the edges and your arm slides right through unscathed.
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by aerhed View Post
You can do it. Some work from spar aft & some work outboard. That works best for me. You have a curl of skin going over your shoulder and keep as many clecos as you can between your face and your hands without kinking the skin. I use a 4X gun and hold it around the barrel. Work the trigger with the web of my thumb...thump...thump....thump.
This is what I used in the USAF, and have one in my tool box.......
It is great for working alone.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:53 AM
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Default Coming along

1 down 1 to go!

Making some progress thanks to tips from you guys.

Had help offers from Jerry and Craig but I couldn't nail down any times when I knew for sure I'd be able to work on the plane.

Thanks alot guys! The offer means a lot! This is a great meeting place.

Jesse Bentley
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