Propane heaters on loan to DOG Aviation from Bernie and Mike – should be a big help, thanks guys!
Between the Thanksgiving holiday, company, family medical issues, and setting up a new MP3 player for use in the shop, not much has been accomplished on the RV-12 since priming a few of the remaining wing components on Thanksgiving morning. My arm has still not fully recuperated from the marathon wing skin dimpling sessions, so the delay has been somewhat welcomed in that regard. Today work resumed on the RV-12’s left wing spar which is being machine countersunk for the 120 degree flush rivets being used in place of the LP4-3 rivets for the project. There are oodles and oodles of holes in the spar’s upper and lower flanges which require machine countersinking … so this will be a mini project in and of itself.
Beginning of the countersinking on the left wing spar for flush rivets
using the countersink cage and the 120 degree countersink bit.
I may have mentioned this in a previous post but as a reminder for those interested ... using an adjustable air flow control with the air turned down really low makes a big difference. Countersinking the aluminum with the countersink bit spinning slowly coupled with some liquid Boelube virtually eliminates two issues … rivet hole elongation and countersink bit chattering - which creates flat spots on the countersink taper. Granted the spar material is thicker and somewhat less prone to rivet hole elongation … even so, spinning the countersink bit slowly and well lubricated makes a noticeable difference.