Other than pop rivets, which of course I've often used, installing rivets has always been something of a mystery to me.
I was watching a segment on making aluminum boats on "How it's Made," and the guy was just dropping round head rivets into the pre-drilled holes, and hitting each one quickly with a pneumatic rivet gun for a second or two.
I couldn't see what sort of motion or action (rotary/reciprocating?) was taking place at the head of that gun, nor hear anything (due to that da#@$ music (noise) in the background).
I also couldn't see what was on the back side of the aluminum panel(s), but he was moving from one to the other too quickly to be repositioning any sort of bucking device.
Can anybody explain how that would've worked? There has to be some type of "anvil" on the back side, ...doesn't there?
How is that done on aircraft where you're putting rivets into some very wide panels?