Chapter 2 - Fabricating the Tail
Section 1 - 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.
A single layer of BID is applied to the aft face of the leading edge.
Leading Edges Fiberglassed
Two leading edges ready for assembly. Again just use rectangular
blocks instead of attempting to shape the leading edges before hand.
Completed Leading Edges