We did, but not that much, and we also soon discovered that we were missing crucial fittings for connecting the new pneumatic riveter to my compressor.
Craig Osborne, an AOS grad student who had volunteered to help out, joined us around that time, probably expecting to start building something right away. Instead, we all spent the morning organizing the countless parts into piles on different tables, made a shopping list of essential things we were still lacking, and went to lunch. After lunch, things began moving forward. Chip put Craig to work assembling part of the fuselage, while Chip and I began work on the horizontal stabilizer.
The procedure looked something like this (in various orders):
- Study the assembly diagrams to make sure you have the right parts arranged in the right places.
- Use the drill to add or expand holes to accommodate bolts or rivets.
- Use a file to deburr the drilled holes.
- Use clecos to provisionally fasten parts together to maintain proper alignment for drilling and/or riveting.
- Use rivets, bolts, and/or epoxy to permanently fasten the parts together