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Old 02-02-2016, 09:50 AM
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Default First rivets!! Guess I'm a builder now.

After a lot of practice on scrap pieces I dove in yesterday and squeezed my first real rivets. My wife is gonna get sick of me running around going "look what I made". The kit I bought had the wings started and am at the point in the instructions where the tanks are to be done. No way do I want those to be the first major thing I do on the kit so I'll probably rivet the leading edges first. These aileron brackets looked simple enough so here ya go.
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:56 AM
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You know what they say............

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Old 02-02-2016, 09:58 AM
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Make a selfie David. It is looking too perfect and a DAR/FAA may not believe you
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:04 AM
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David
Congratulations. They look great and you've got a nice head start.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:09 AM
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Welcome to the builder's club. I remember my first few pieces. Very exciting and rewarding .
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:20 AM
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Not so fast David
You don't get "official" builder status until you've:
Drilled that first hole in your finger
Ground a spot on your finger with the grinding wheel or belt sander
Squeezed your finger with the pneumatic rivet squeezer
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:38 AM
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Well during the practice airfoil I did cut my hand on some sharp skin edge and also thought I broke a rib with the pop riveter. I learned you don't hold the pop riveter next to your chest while riveting. When it snaps it hurts like crazy if you're holding next to your ribs. I even bled from that. Still have the scab. Obviously I can't wait for the hole in my finger!!
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:48 PM
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Congrats (on the build, not the scab) and keep it up. A little bit here, a little bit there and pretty soon you're talkin' real progress!
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:51 PM
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Don't forget to rub those drill hole burs off the firewall!
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:44 AM
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Well during the practice airfoil I did cut my hand on some sharp skin edge and also thought I broke a rib with the pop riveter. I learned you don't hold the pop riveter next to your chest while riveting. When it snaps it hurts like crazy if you're holding next to your ribs. I even bled from that. Still have the scab. Obviously I can't wait for the hole in my finger!!
I think your initiation is complete, David. Welcome to the best club on earth! I've been at this a long time and I still haven't drilled a hole in myself (knock on wood!) I wouldn't worry too much about your wife either. Just admit to her right up front that yes, you do have an obsession with an "aluminum mistress". But it's a harmless obsession, she'll always know where you are and what you're up to. And some day, the benefits will be there for her, too! Carry on and have fun!
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