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Old 04-10-2012, 07:42 PM
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Default I have a new bucking partner!

I'm at the point that I need a second set of hands for riveting the wing skins. My 12 year old daughter Lauren seemed pretty interested so, I took her in to the garage and showed her the rivet gun. After a few basics and trying it a couple of times on the work bench, it was time to hit the metal.

A little nervous!

She did a great that she can handle it, she's going to be a great help onthe project!

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Old 04-10-2012, 08:12 PM
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Default Outstanding

I wish my kids had an interest when I was building. You should be very proud.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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i would be so afraid that she'd slip and hit the middle of a skin, glad to see she held it true!
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:48 PM
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Default Fantastic


That's amazing. She's adorable and looks like she did a great job!
My daughter did my wing skins with me but she was 20yo at the time.
Keep her interested, that's great.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:08 AM
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Default There's more

...What is not shown is the warmth in her heart towards Dad and the bonding that happened!

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:03 AM
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GREAT!!! Lauren follows in the footsteps of Rosie the Rivetor. Make sure she gets flying lessons, too!!!

Roberta Hegy
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:13 AM
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That's great! One big advantage is that you now have a relatively small person who will fit into the tailcone of your RV when the time comes to rivet the fuse skins. You're a lucky guy.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:58 AM
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That's pretty special. Enjoy your times together.

I tried that when our son was that age. I was working on the VS and needed someone to buck the rivets. I decided that it was likely easier to teach him to use the gun than to buck and gauge.

After practicing on junk, I was confident that he'd do OK. First rivet -- good. Second rivet -- good. Third rivet -- BBBBBRRRRRRRR! The gun apparently got a little sideways and just banged its way across the skin, leaving a trail of little half-moon dents in the skin.


I ordered a new VS skin, drilled out all of the rivets and waited for the new skin to arrive.

Fast forward a decade. I was installing the Safe-Air static vents in the aft fuse. I needed a skinny body to crawl back there and buck. He "volunteered," although a bit wary after his last riveting experience. I hadn't used a rivet gun in years, and was a little rusty myself. As he held the bucking bar in place, and said, "GO," I pressed the trigger. The rivet gun made a very loud noise when it went off, denting the skin. Seems I had forgotten to check the pressure on the gun and it was set really high. Oops.


Needless to say, he felt pretty happy about the whole thing.

Here's hoping that you and your new bucking buddy have hours of really special time and make memories that will last a lifetime!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:18 AM
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Fantastic! Now get that kiddo some safety glasses, stat!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:29 AM
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Default Now that you mention it..

Originally Posted by krw5927 View Post
Fantastic! Now get that kiddo some safety glasses, stat!
Right after the picture was taken, she put her safety glasses on! She's a smart one unlike the parental unit. Some great quality time spent with her and she was pretty proud of her work, as was I! How many kids get to say they helped their dad build a plane? How many dad's get to say their 12 year old daughter helped build the plane too? Love it!

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