Using a countersink cage outfitted with a #30 100 degree bit to machine countersink the center section.
Completed machine countersinking of center channel – fingers show span of countersunk holes.
After machine countersinking the center channel, the plans call for dimpling the corresponding holes in the W-1204D aft bulkhead. Once the dimpling was completed, I was planning to dimple the fuselage ribs along with the sides of the center section. Looking way forward in the plans reveled there are stiffener plates that attach onto the bottom fuselage skin. The stiffeners are probably too thick to dimple, so they will likely require being machine countersunk. If that is the case, the rivet holes in the fuselage ribs common to the stiffener will not be dimpled. Will need to lay the parts out and mark the fuselage rib holes that will not be dimpled.
Since the introduction of the RV-12, Van’s has made a modification to the center section by adding hardware and stiffeners making it stronger to better distribute landing gear forces. A portion of that modification incorporates a stiffener plate which is added on top of the fuselage’s side skins. I’ve done some research and this stiffener is positioned where the wing meets the fuselage and is not visible from above the wing and only a very small portion of the stiffener extends below the wing forward of the center channel.
Trial mockup of F-1270A stiffener plate onto the center section to help determine
where the dimpling for flush rivets will need to begin on the center section.
Because the wing hides the vast majority of the F-1270A stiffener plate except for a few of the holes on the bottom portion that extends forward of the center channel, I’ve decided not to dimple or countersink the stiffener plate for flush rivets. However, flush rivets will be used at the few locations where the rivet holes will not be hidden by the wing and those would be hard to see unless on hands and knees. Basically, only the center channel components above and bellow the stiffener plate will be prepped for flush rivets.