TF P-47 Stab Construction Continues

Not much new progress this week (too many other obligations). Just got the sheeting onto the top of the stab.

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I decided to install these with aliphatic resin (yellow wood glue) instead of CA. I prefer this as it is slow drying, giving you time to ‘fuss’ with the pieces and because it produces a very light-weight but very strong bond. Initially, I was having some difficulty curving the leading edge, so I separated the parts and wiped the glue clean with a damp cloth. I then sprayed the outer surface of the leading edge with Windex (the ammonia in the Windex helps loosen the fibers and softens the wood more than just water) and wrapped the leading edge around a piece of 3/4 inch PVC pipe. All it takes is a few minutes to set in the curve. While the wood was still slightly damp, I was able to glue it in place, easily shaping the leading edge to the curve, using small t-pins to hold it in place until the glue dried.

You can see a bottle of CA in the background. This was used to glue a small piece of scrap balsa near the leading edge to help support the joint between the left and right sheeting. You can also see baggies filled with lead shot used as weight to help hold the stab flat while the glue dries.

Hopefully I will have time for a bit more progress next week.

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