With Saturday being taken up with work in the morning and an afternoon watching the cricket world cup, this only left Sunday to work on the B17. One task was to shape the steering arm for the rudder.This was made from 3mm Piano wire. I’ve still to fabricate a brass control horn and solder this to the Piano wire. There is also a second mount bracket to fit further up the tailplane to help support the steering.
This just leaves me with a decision on how to build the rudder itself. I’m torn between using a thin balsa core or to make it hollow just using formers for the shape. But that is on the to-do list for this week.
The second major task that progressed this weekend was the construction of the stabilizers and elevators. Both Stabs have been built now as have both elevators. Just some shaping of the leading edges to be done. Again the steering arm for the elevators was made from 3mm Piano Wire bent to shape. The far end of the elevators is held in place by a metal pin made from a length of piano wire inserted in the stabilizer and elevator.
Separately from the build i was having a wander through a bookstore in town, which happens to have a small section on military aircraft, and came across a nice little book. The book is called Bomber Command and is a great colour reference of WW2 Us Bombers.