….and some more rivets…

Hours Worked = 2

You guessed it. I did some more riveting tonight. Two hours worth. I’ve been using my left hand to hold the bucking bar, but I think I’m going to have to learn to be an ambidextrous bucker. Even with the tungsten bar, which works GREAT, my hand is in pretty tough shape after two hours.


So tonight I was able to finish riveting the front HS spar, and all the rivets that attach the stringers that run in the center part of the stab. All that’s left is the rest of the rib rivets, which should go pretty quickly, and the rear spar rivets, which should go even faster since I can get them with the pneumatic squeezer. I’m going to go as far as saying that I should be able to finish the horizontal stab in the next build session… but we’ll see.

P1010529.JPG P1010530.JPG


And finally, I was asked in the comments yesterday by Ryan what the plans were like. As I replied to him, the directions are VERY good. If you have basic mechanical skills and can follow instructions to the letter, you can build an airplane! Here is the page that I’m on tonight as an example (click to embiggen):

From RV10 – 2 – Empennage


5 thoughts on “….and some more rivets…

  • March 27, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Funny how those wooden stabilizers move in the video…some vibrations…

  • March 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Still looking good!

    Would you still rivet again in the horizontal position or would you find an easier height to perform bonding vertically as the plans demonstrate? Has the horizontal stabilizer remained straight and true in the horizontal plane? From Matronics, it looks like you had at least one other that did it horizontally? I would imagine that it wouldn’t matter what position the assembly is built since the match hole concept theoretically provides alignment.

    Thanks in advance for your response to a greenhorn. 🙂

  • March 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Thanks for the include! You’ve motivated me, I might try to build a Sonex while I’m still in college… the real question, though, is whether I should focus on flight training this summer, or start assembly/work to get money to pay for it!

    Great progress.

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Everything is staying straight… and I’ve found the horizontal riveting much easier than vertical. As you say, the prepunch holes from Vans are holding all the alignment, along with the healthy use of clecos. Having the stab horizontal also allows me to hold the rivet gun vertical, and it doesn’t wander around as much as I’m riveting.

    Do you have your pilots license yet? I would definitely get that first if you don’t, just so you are sure that flying is something you will do enough to warrant owning a plane. I was actually thinking about getting my instrument rating before buying the tail kit, but decided to put the IR on hold as those skills would most likely get quite rusty during the build process. Building a plane really cuts into your “let’s go flying” fund!

    Otherwise, those Sonex’s are cool little planes!

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:51 PM


    I’m from the US for reference. I’m PPL SEL, with my HP and CMP. Working on IR and CPL. If I did build a Sonex, I’d push it a bit and build it as an IFR plane. I know they’re not suited for actual IMC, but at least it’d give me a platform to train on, and I could also fly through clouds (assuming the right anti-icing is in place). $35k should be enough to put the aerovee on it with a nice IFR panel, so it’s definitely doable here in the next few years. I’m considering building the tail and maybe one other component this summer, but it really depends on how long the CPL takes me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *