The Rudders

8/11/04

Cut all the parts for both the Rudders today. The trailing edge is made from sandwiching 1/64" ply between 1/16" balsa so a sharp edge can be made and still have ding resistance.

This picture shows the ribs after sanding and before making the spar notches.

 

8/12/04

Spent about three hours putting together one Rudder. The Rudder and Elevator look great but what a hassle! And it didn't help that I cut a couple ribs too short and had to re-make them. Palmer had the lower ribs R6 & 7 shorter than the top two ribs R2 & 3. They should match to have a symmetrical rudder. I should have known by now to use as few rib drawings as possible since they are not drawn with extreme accuracy.

 

8/17/04 The second rudder only took 2.5 hours to frame up! I'm not sure where the time goes but there is a lot of parts.

8/18/04 - I used 3/4" by 1" balsa to fill out the Rudder tips and then added a 1/32" ply spine to keep them from getting broken. I sanded the tips to the right outine before sawing a slot for the spine. Glued it in with CA and then finished sanding the contour. Total tome spent on building two Rudders to this point; 8 hours! Maybe I should work faster!
I sanded the Fins outine and contour to clean them up a bit and cut the outline of the rear fuselage on the sides of the Turret. I plan on going over everything carefully before I fiberglass but for now it's good.

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