PT-20 Build – Horizontal / Vertical Control Surfaces

Posted on March 27, 2013 by John

The first steps in this project are building the horizontal and vertical tail surfaces. This is a simple process; only requiring gluing two pre-cut balsa sheets together to form the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. I sanded smooth, rounded leading edges on the stabilizers. In the photos of the horizontal assembly, you can see that I have hinged (but not glued) the elevator on to the stabilizer.

Horizontal Stab and Elevator

Horizontal Stab and Elevator

Horizontal and Vertical Tail Surfaces

Horizontal and Vertical Tail Surfaces

These assemblies have been set aside and I will begin construction of the fuselage next. I’ll post some updates and pictures of it soon.