Progress continues adding the stringers to the fuselage, although i did run out of stock of 1/8″ x 1/8″ balsa stick. So a trip to the nearest model store for supplies saw me clear them out of their paltry supplies. This allowed me to add a few more stringers to the rear section, forming up the tail wheel area and the waist gun areas.
Stock was running low yet again so i thought it better to start to build the stabilizers as these also need 1/8″ x 1/8″ strip stock. As well as fitting into the rear section before i get much further along in the build.
The keen eyed person may have spotted the model PBY Catalina ‘black cat’ on the bench. I also have R/C plans for one of these.. Space permitting it my be the next build!
Another trip to my backup model store will be in order in the next couple of days as yet more 1/8″ x 1/8″ strip is required, as well as material for leading and trailing edges of the stabs. The stabilizers are built as two parts with the spars butting up against each other inside the fuselage. Once built and test fitted i think they’ll be bolted against at least one of the fuselage formers.
Also started to look at the mechanism for turning the rudder. The plans have this as a totally enclosed structure within the rudder itself. A control horn will need to be brazed onto a wire and fitted inside the fuselage, and then extended up through the rudder. A similar mechanism will need to be constructed for the elevators.