I'm working on the lower vertical stab
piece. Of course it doesn't fit. The picture
makes it look worse than it is, but you can
see that it forms a 'hump' in the tail.
If I were to make the leading edge straight,
look closely and notice that the holes are
right on the edge of the vertical stab.
...and there is a huge gap at the bottom.
Just like everything else in life I guess,
if you want it done right, you gotta do it
So I cut an oversized piece out
of my old vert tail skin. You can see the
old piece laying inside the new piece.
Now I'm making a paper template to get an
exact fit. This is harder than it looks-I
made three paper templates.
Now I will trace this onto a posterboard and
cut it out and see how it all fits. I can
make any fine adjustments and then trace it
onto the new aluminum piece.
Once the new piece is on, I will make a
fiberglass fairing that goes all the way
around the bottom, curving around the top
and bottom of the horiz stab. I should pick
up another 30-40 kts with that fairing!
The paper is traced onto the posterboard.
The stab is centered with the fuselage. I
also taped some blocks and L angles to the
top of the fuse to hold the sides of the
paper in to where they should be.
I had to make 4 of these posterboard
templates with little refinements to each
Now there is no hump in the stab.
The part right in front of the horiz stab is
cut straight down instead of continuing
under the stab. The reason is because I want
to be able to remove the vert stab once this
piece is riveted on. If it continued under
the stab, I could not do that. All of that
space will be covered with a fiberglass
Now I'm tracing the pattern onto the
After cutting it out on the bandsaw and
filing and sanding the edges smooth, I'm
left with a very nice fitting part.
I drilled the holes now so that once it's
held in place, I can match drill it to the