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    Hi Guys:

    I have a question that I hope doesn't start a firestorm. Another BH builder who will remain unknown made a remark that prompted this question. He said that in a conversation with another builder that flush stainless cherry pop rivets might be used on the wings. The only drawbacks would be weight and price, not to mention the use of something to fill the holes before painting. Now this is for skinning, not the spars. Spars should be riveted as per plans. If this is true, the time saved would be great.

    Just asking, don't shoot me!

    Tallow98

  • #2
    It's a good question! I think we've all had the same question at one point in our Bearhawk building careers.

    This question was answered best by our friend Budd Davisson back in 2006. Take a look at this thread from the old Bearhawk archives on Yahoo!:

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...s/topics/61669
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...messages/67837

    It should give some good insight into the thoughts.

    ~Chris
    Last edited by Chris In Milwaukee; 04-01-2015, 11:21 AM.
    ​Christopher Owens, EAA #808438
    Project "Expedition"
    Bearhawk 4-Place Scratch Built, Plans #991
    Bearhawk Patrol Scratch Built, Plans #P313
    Germantown, Wisconsin, USA

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    • #3
      Good read. The roundness of a drilled hole or lack thereof is true. On a related aviation site discussing dimpling, the author posted extreme close up photos of drilled holes. Lo and behold, they were triangular. Thanks for the answer

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      • #4
        Please check out this article on new dimpling dies from Cleaveland Tools. https://flywithspa.com/dimpling-for-...debate-solved/
        it is quite interesting
        Tallow98

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tallow98 View Post
          Please check out this article on new dimpling dies from Cleaveland Tools. https://flywithspa.com/dimpling-for-...debate-solved/
          it is quite interesting
          Tallow98
          Wonder if the same results would be obtained in 2024T3...

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          • #6
            I might call cleaveland tools

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            • #7
              nope won't work for driven rivets. too tight for rivet. just pulled rivets.

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