|Making Paper Fairings
|L. G. Top Fairing
|The process begins when the landing gear has been
mounted and the LG strut is already shaped and finished. In
this case, the Landing Gear Strut was covered with Manila
File Folder paper over balsa ribs to form the airfoil shape....
|To build up the fairing itself, begin by making up balsa
wedges from 1/16 scrap balsa sheet and glue them in place
on the fuselage and Landing Gear strut....
|Next, using common printer paper, hand cut and fit the lower
fairing section first by trial and error, fitting the fairing
frequently on the model and trimming as needed for a good
uniform fit. Then once the final shape is established, use that
pattern to make up 2 parts that will be used on the model and
glue them in place....
|The same process will be used in the top section of the
fairing, again using the hand fitted part as a pattern to make
up the useable parts. When the parts fit well, glue them in
place. And don't forget, if there are provisions made for wing
strut attachments, get all that set up now, before the paint
work is done.
|Then once the fairings are finished, trimmed and glued in
place, paint the fairings to match your chosen color scheme.
|Lift Strut Fairings
|Trim the opening in the LG Fairing so that the strut inserts
easily into its attach point with as little opening as possible.
Retain the strut with the appropriate hardware and you're
ready to start building up the fairings....
|Using the same trial and error method used before on the
upper LG Fairings, fit the top Strut Fairing and trim the
clearance holes for the attachment fittings. Then once the
shape has been established, make up "the keepers" and
glue them in place.
|Moving back to the bottom, remove the strut and make up
the teardrop shape fairing base from scrap 1/16 balsa
sheet. Fit the base over the strut and re-mount the strut
onto the model. Slip the fairing base next to the LG fairing
and tack glue it in place.
|Remove the strut from the wing and make up the 1/16 scrap
balsa wedges at the leading and trailing edges of the strut
and glue them in place.
|Then using those same techniques to fit the paper fairing
halves we've used before, make up the patterns, then the parts
and glue them in place on the strut. At this point, the fairing is
finished and will fit perfectly against the LG Fairing when the
strut is re-installed. And because the opening in the LG fairing
is closely fitted, it will act as a guide to make the blind lift strut
|Now that the Fairings are all in place, paint to match your
chosen color scheme and you're finished with the Struts.