Chapter 2 - Fabricating the Tail

Section 1 - Leading Edge


Leading Edge

Clamping Scheme for Long Straight Cuts The leading edges are cut from the 2 lb. Urethane foam.  Here we shaped the leading edges before they were installed on the horizontal stabilizer.  In hindsight this was too much trouble for no gain.  Just cut oversized rectangular shaped pieces from your block of foam.



Leading Edges Joined

Two strips of foam are needed for each side of the horizontal stab leading edge.  Epoxy the two strips of foam with micro and then glass the aft side of the strips to form the leading edges.

Leading Edges Fiberglassed

A single layer of BID is applied to the aft face of the leading edge.

Completed Leading Edges

Two leading edges ready for assembly.  Again just use rectangular blocks instead of attempting to shape the leading edges before hand.