Sunday December 31, 2006
Riveted Right Elevator Stiffeners (Right Elevator)
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I planed a bunch of pieces of wood to the same height as my back riveting plate at my Dad's house. This lets me shim the elevator up to the height of the plate while I'm riveting these stiffeners. I wanted to make sure this thing was as flat as possible while I riveted.

Then, I back riveted the stiffeners to the right elevator.

I think it came out really well. The skins are nearly perfectly straight when checked with a straight edge. I couldn't quite get the rivets in the very trailing edge with the rivet gun, so my Dad helped me shoot and buck them from underneath.

I was planning to rivet the trailing edge of the Rudder too, but I couldn't get it to lay flat on the back riveting plate and wood shims. I don't know what's going on with it. The only thing I can think of is that there's a twist in it.

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