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Date:  1-4-2013
Number of Hours:  4.25
Manual Reference:  P 7-9
Brief Description:  Right Wing Top Skins

Two weeks plus since I've been in the shop. The holidays are over; time to get back to work!

I asked local RV-7 builder/flyer Hal Lyons to help me rivet the right wing top skins today. He agreed immediately, so I think he's enjoying my build as much as I am. He must, as the shop started out at 34 degrees, and only got up to 49 in the afternoon. Three-plus months ago we riveted the left top skins in shorts!

Hal and I work very well together, and once we got in sync, we were turning out a 20-rivet rib in 5-10 minutes. The sequence is pretty much:

Me: "Ready"
Hal: "Go"
Me: Brrrrrrrrrp
Hal: "Good", or "One more tap", or "A little lighter on the next one", depending on how the shop head looks.

Only three drill-outs today. Two were proud rivets, my fault for relaxing just a bit on the gun before pulling the trigger. The third was an instance where the tape on the rivet set got under the rivet head. Only one minor smiley, which I won't point out; you'll have to find it on your own...

Rivets Today: 546
Total Rivets: 6303
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Finishing up the outboard end of the main spar.

Finishing up the outboard end of the main spar.

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Wing rotated 180 degrees in the stand  for easier access to rear spar rivets.

Wing rotated 180 degrees in the stand for easier access to rear spar rivets.

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DONE!

DONE!

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