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Old 03-15-2023, 02:36 PM
amaris amaris is offline
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Default How to rivet F-7106?

My skin just doesn't seem to want to line up on the very front corner rivet. If I start with this one and then work my way to the other side, it's short. If I start in the middle, I still can't get that one rivet close to lined up. The others are tight but I can make them. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-15-2023, 03:33 PM
toolmanmike toolmanmike is offline
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This may be the hardest skin I have done on the fuselage. I had a hard time with the sides. Patience-start in the middle and work your way out. Heat. I warmed the part up and the shop first.
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Old 03-15-2023, 05:32 PM
Richard Connell Richard Connell is offline
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Try clecoing every hole along the longeron starting aft at the cockpit. Without the panel in place.
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Old 03-15-2023, 06:47 PM
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Just like the tank skin. Use an awl. Once it's on, leave it. Goes on easier the second time.
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Old 03-15-2023, 06:59 PM
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This skin is easier to fit well if it is pre-rolled to the correct profile using a sheet metal roller. That needs to be done before dimpling. I took mine to a sheet metal shop, along with plywood templates of the firewall and instrument panel. It took the man about 30 mins to roll it to the correct shape and that made it much easier to fit.
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Old 03-16-2023, 08:04 AM
calpilot calpilot is offline
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I find that using a stainless countersunk 6-32 x 1/2" screw and nut helps with that troublesome rivet.
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