GIANT SCALE RC AIRBUS A310 VERTICAL STAB BUILD (PART 1)

The first step in building the vertical stabilizer, is to measure out the dimensions from the 3-view plans, and draw out the shape.

The next step is to cut out the vertical stabilizer from the rudder surface, as both will be built separately for hinging purposes later on.

After cutting out both sides, the next step is to cut out the spar running through the middle of the surface. This is also a good time to plan out servo positions, and run some wiring through.

Once both sides are glued in place with the main spar, it is time to complete the join by attaching a rear spacer for the rudder.

Once the rear spacer is attached and both sides of the vertical stabilizer are joined securely, now we can start by making the cutout for the leading edge.

Cutout for the vertical stabilizer leading edge complete.

Once the leading edge cutout is complete and leading edge installed, we can now being reducing some weight. This process is tedious, but adds up in the long run with some valuable weight savings!

Note the second spruce attachment spar installed.
Weight reduction on both sides of the vertical stabilizer now complete and ready for balsa sheeting!

Once weight reduction is complete, the next step is probably the most exciting one – balsa sheeting!

Balsa sheeting almost complete. I ran the wiring through, and taped it to the outside to prevent it from getting lost inside. Note the servo cutouts.

Balsa sheeting cannot be complete, without finishing off the leading edges. The trick to this is to cut out little strips of balsa, wet them in water, and bend them into shape. This process requires skill as it is easy to crack the strips in half.

First batch of leading edge balsa strips are cut, bent into shape and ready for gluing.
First row of balsa strips is complete and joined to form the curved part of the leading edge, as on the full size A310 vertical stabilizer.
Vertical stabilizer is sheeted and ready to be pre-fitted to the fuselage.

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