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Here is the horizontal stabilizer skeleton in the jig.

The jig is made of wood, and it basically provides a stable structure to hold everything in alignment.

After building the jig, you use plumb lines, levels, measuring tape, etc to get all the spars and ribs properly aligned, then you clamp them in place.

Then, you drill the holes for the rivets that hold the skeleton together, deburr the holes, and rivet the works together.

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  • Iam having a problem getting the rivet gun on the axis of the rivets that
    hold the Front Spar to the Tip Ribs, because the Front Spar interferes with
    the rivet gun or hand squeezerhandles. Did you use an extension
    between the gun and the rivet set to avoid this interference problem ?
    There is no space to place the gun on the outside of the tip rib because
    the jig\'s vertical support is in the way.

  • Iam having a problem getting the rivet gun on the axis of the rivets that
    hold the Front Spar to the Tip Ribs, because the Front Spar interferes with
    the rivet gun or hand squeezerhandles. Did you use an extension
    between the gun and the rivet set to avoid this interference problem ?
    There is no space to place the gun on the outside of the tip rib because
    the jig\'s vertical support is in the way.

  • I recall having problems with those rivets too. I believe I used a double offset rivet set. You might as well buy one, as you will certainly need it when riveting the wing outboard leading edges to the spar (unless you have a quick build kit).

    You can see a [url=http://www5.mailordercentral.com/clevtool/prodinfo.asp?number=RSO48&variation=&aitem=13&mitem=15]picture[/url] at Cleaveland Tools, although you can get them from many vendors.

    Kevin Horton

    Comment last edited on about 4 years ago by Kevin Horton