I’m buying a second rivet gun – as I mentioned in my earlier post, it’s pretty common for assemblies to use both 3.2mm and 4.0mm rivets. Changing the bit on the rivet gun is a little annoying (even if it doesn’t take too long) – it’s about the same effort as having to un-chuck and then re-chuck a drill bit into a keyed-chuck drill. It looks like the wings use both rivet sizes, and there’s a lot of them, so I think I’ll be thanking myself for this little time-saver down the road.
While I was putting this 2nd drill into my shopping cart at Acme Tool, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Milwaukee came up with a very useful accessory to go with this rivet gun – a 6 in extension for getting into tight spaces. Of course, I’m getting it – I’ve seen plenty of pictures from the fuselage build where I think this will come in handy.