|Making Tail Fairing Blocks
|The jig is built form the appropriate thickness of balsa
based on the thickness of the stabilizers on your particular
model. Some kit makers provide the parts to make the jig,
otherwise, the parts shape can be pulled from the plans,
or the fuselage assembly itself.
|With the jig assembled, it is then fitted into the fuselage
frame and tack glued in place
|Using the jig, trace the shape of the block onto the foam or
balsa stock and cut the blocks to rough shape.
|Tack glue the rough shaped blocks into the jig.
|Carve the block to rough shape, then sand to a smooth
|With both sides carved and sanded to shape, the blocks
are ready to remove from the jig.
|The finished blocks are carefully removed from the jig and the
jig removed from the fuselage to finish up the shaping
process. Now the finished blocks can be sealed up with a
couple of coats of water based varnish to seal the wood or
foam. After the first coat has dried completely, remove the
surface fuzz with fine sandpaper and apply the second coat.
Now the blocks are ready to cover or paint.
|Now that the blocks are shaped, they'll fit perfectly on the
fuselage when the tail section is glued in place. And as an
added bonus, you can use the blocks to aid in the
alignment of the tail-planes during final assembly.