I finally got started on the top-most skin on the rear fuselage. This looked really hard to do solo. So I talked my son into helping (it only cost a trip to the hockey skate shop and a lunch at the local Chinese restaurant). I thought about just bucking the rivets with the fuselage on it’s side, but with two people I worried that it would be hard to co-ordinate. I know one other builder (working with a helper) did it with a back riveter, so we tried that. I padded the ground, and we lifted the fuselage down. I padded the inside with moving blankets so I wouldn’t bend or crush anything.
I was on the inside with the back rivet gun. My son was on the outside with the back rivet bucking bar.
It only took a couple hours and we were done! I’m skipping sections 11 & 12 for now. I think it will make the eventual move to the hangar (and Chicago!) easier. So for now, it is the biggest item on the trophy wall.
Next up! The main spar and the wings 🙂