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Old 03-04-2012, 01:21 PM
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Default Practice makes perfect.

Like any acquired skill, if you stop using it your proficiency goes down hill quick. At my airline if you haven't flown for 60days you are required to jump in the sim for training.

So since i'm getting back to working on the -8 for the first time in well over a year, you can imagine my reservations about shooting rivets again. To make matters worse my first rivets back are the wing ribs to the spars.

So I decided to take out the scrap pieces I used when first learning. I bucked and drilled out about 20 470 rivets before I was ready to take on the ribs and spars. Very happy with my results, nothing to drill out and not a single

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Old 03-04-2012, 02:03 PM
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:57 AM
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I think we all have those scrap/test pieces laying around and mine gets new rivets every once in a while

We shoud start a thread of photos of our practice/scrap samples.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:05 AM
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Looks great Matt - and great advice for anyone that is new or just having issues with their riveting - Van gives us all that scrap (and extra rivets) for a reason!
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