My Wooden Airplane
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1/19/2013 - 1/20/2013

Fuel Tank, Part 2

Here is the tank, all riveted together. As usual, this took way longer than I expected. I used ProSeal (actually, FlameMaster CS-3204-B2) between each and every joint. I also coated every rivet with it. Let me tell you, that stuff is STICKY (and STINKY, too)! I went through almost an entire box of latex gloves for this job.

These are the rivets I used. They are AD-42H "closed end" rivets.
The closed end (seen here) prevents them from leaking.

And this is something that definitely made things easier. (I shudder to think how long it would have taken using a manual rivet puller!) It is a 1/4-inch air hydraulic rivet puller from Harbor Freight. My friend Andy also had one of these. (I don't know if his was actually from Harbor Freight or not, but researching on line made it look like everybody sells the same rivet puller either in 3/16 or 1/4 size. One of the reviews said something about having problems with the smaller one, so I bought this one.) It worked great!

Total Time: 12.5 hrs.