Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
You're ready to go.
Posted by Stratman at 7:42 PM
Thursday, July 14, 2011
|Photo by D. Reifsnider|
In this segment I'll cover building the tail section which includes the stabilizer, elevator, rudder and fin. I started with the stabilizer which is built just like the wing panels where you lay the plans down on a flat building surface and cover them with wax paper. The trailing edge, bottom spar, and leading edge are then pinned to the building board and ribs are installed. A word of caution, the set of plans I received were extremely warped. If I had built the stab by laying the ribs exactly as shown, the stab would have been an inch wider on the left side of the rudder than the right. I had to adjust rib spacing to get the stab symmetrically left and right. Same as with the wing, if I had laid the trailing or leading edges down on the plans without checking for straightness with a straight edge, I would have ended up with a warped flying surface.
|Top Planking Glued and Pinned to Center Ribs|
|Elevator Pinned Against Stab. and Halves Glued Together|
|Rudder Sections Glued Together and Pinned to Flat Surface.|
|Stab Ready for Tips to be Added|
|Fin Glued Up With Notches Cut for LE, Center Spar and TE.|
|Close Up of Notches|
|Tail Ready to be Covered|
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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