Aileron Riveting Part 1

Hours Worked = 5

With all of the aileron parts primed, I started final construction of the ailerons.

You start by building the spar, nose ribs, and counter weight. Then you insert that assembly into the nose skins.

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Next, the spar is riveted to the nose ribs. I messed up here and missed the aft most two holes that join the nose skin to center rib on one aileron. I purposely didn’t rivet it, as I was thinking that this hole matched up with something on the spar. I caught my mistake before I closed up the second aileron. Since the spar is fully riveted in place, there isn’t any way to get to the rivet to buck it, so I used a pop rivet in these two spots.

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Finally, the aileron skins are clecoed in place, and the nose skin, spar, and main skins are all riveted together. The first side is simple, but it’s a little tight to fit your hand in between the skins to buck the second skin. Luckily, my small tungsten bucking bar made it a non-issue.

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