You got the right ppl ... I do Aircraft sheet metal ...
Forming alum is fun . When you lead hammer the Al' over the edge , you need a special vice that pulls the edge out , But if you pull too hard , it can't shrink , .
As you hammer , it will be obvious , the shrink part will try to buckle ... Just before you see a buckle forming , pull out on the edge ( adjust vice to pull edge out . as you hammer , you'll need to put more tension in it .
All this , for a 3" flange , and all you want is a 1/2" flange !!
BTW , foot operated shrinkers dont work , they eat the alum . But those big 6 inch concave/convex compound curving "stampers" work great .
Some adventures in airplanes .... Gordon B. Hamilton ( TUS AZ ) had C-45's he was stretching , and he wanted me to drill out all the rivets in the fuselage . I put some masking tape on a chisel and slide it down the fuse' snapping off rivet heads at 100 MPH . Someone yelled ! They inspected and found not one gouge in the skin ! 100's of rivet heads laying on the ground ! You simply lift the chisel just before the head pops off .
I used a huge air hammer when i riveted .. buddy borrowed it and put a HUGE dent in fuselage ! He wasn't used to a 3X hammer . I laughed as the engineers tried to figure a long 1/8" AN470AD4-12 thru 4 pieces of 24-ST !!!
They were stretching the old Beechcraft C-45, adding turbo-props, tri-pacer gear .
Love working on airplanes ......
Wana build one , Carbon-Fiber , twin Honda bike engines .... @70HP each engine wt=90 lbs , Engines get a 4 "planet" planetary geabox ( 6 tot gears ) ..
tail dragger looks like P-38 ,
retractable DC-3 landing gear .
Very light wt and very fast ...
Co-pilot seats in the other boom.