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Flying a Vans RV-10.

Vertical Stabilizer Complete

After priming the skeleton, I was able to set my first rivets. It is a little nerve racking doing your first. You are trying to be perfect. In the end it is no big deal. Even if you mess up a few, it is easy to drill them out and set a new one. Got the skeleton all riveted together (except for the portions called out for access to the skin rivets) and put the skin back on for final assembly.

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It was a ton of fun riveting the skin on. I enjoyed this process the most so far. It starts to give you a sense of completion. It took a little longer than I expected, but everything went as planned. I think I only had to drill out one bad rivet (at least that I know of!).

The Vertical Stabilizer is now complete except for fairings which will come later in the process. One down, ??? to go. And yes, I was in my socks while finishing up the skin.

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