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[September 11, 2007]


Tonight I started the fun stuff - riveting the fuse together! This moment has been over two months in the making. Tomorrow my dad is coming over, and I hope to get everything aft of the F-704 bulkhead done. To prep for that, I wanted to get everything that was squeezable done tonight. I started with riveting the longeron to the skin from the F-705 to the F-704 bulkhead. I also squeezed the straps to the F-704 bulkheads.


In the aft, I squeezed a good amount of rivets under where the horiz stab will go. I also was able to shoot and buck myself the F-710,711,712 bulkheads to the side skin. This tungsten bucking bar makes solo riveting a breeze!


Next I clecoed and riveted the forward section of the middle two floor stiffeners to the firewall. These were easily squeezed.


The aft section was a different story. The forward two rivets were easy to squeeze, but no way for the aft one. I got out my single offset rivet set and nailed the aft rivet. After looking at the picture, the label shouldn't be "Shock/Bucked", but instead "Shot/Bucked". Late night photo editing folly.


With a little spare time on my hands, I tried to rivet all I could do solo. I was able to bang out the F-705, 705 and baggage bulkheads about 1/2 way up the side.

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