Whilst waiting for the apprentice riveter to recover from his hangover (kids…), I got on with the rudder cable guides. These have to be countersunk which I did by hand as it isn’t critical, just sufficient to sit over the side skin dimples – if you have remembered to dimple the guide outlets in the skin. Cue a lot of clecos being taken out.
The guides are then blind riveted to the side skin – put the cable through first. There are two thicknesses to the guides so when you rivet the thinner part, the shaft of the rivet tends to snap leaving a small part protruding. I have seen other builders with this problem and it nearly did the same with me. I just drilled out the remaining shaft so that it was flush and on the other side I added two washers.
It will be painted so it won’t show. We then got going with riveting the side panels. Quite a few awkward rivets around the stiffeners and along the bulkheads. Definitely a two man job, photos to follow.