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DonStegall
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Default The Smasher - Building the Wood V-Tail

I've got to build some wood V-tails and some V-tail jigs to send out to some people. Plus some people have been waiting on plans. Since I tend to get things done on the web site quicker because I can break it down into pieces, I'm doing the plans and instructions on the web site at [link=http://www.houseofpylon.com/Q500/Smasher/WoodVTail.aspx]Building the Wood V-Tail[/link]. I will post here and try to keep that page updated. Questions here will help me refine the content there, so speak up if something is not clear.

The Smasher V-tail is very easy to build if you have the jig. because the stab saddle is at 0 degrees, all you have to do is build a stab at 0 degrees. That's actually pretty easy. The saddle on the Smasher is 1" wide at the front and 0.8" at the rear. It is 5" long. So you cut a piece of FLAT 1/4" plywood that is 5" long and 3/4" wide and bolt it down to the jig. With the supports in place, you sand the angle into the stab halves and glue them to the plywood. All of this will become clear.

The first step is to build the V-Tail jig. This jig not only works for the Smasher, but is great for other V-tails as well.

This is the jig without the supports on it. This is what we have to build. Mine is built on a piece of 3/4" MDF that is 12" x 24". The ones I build to send out to people are approximately 11" x 11" so I can ship them easily.

The PDF drawings are at [link=http://www.houseofpylon.com/Q500/Smasher/WoodVTail/V_Tail_Detail.pdf]V_Tail_Detail.pdf[/link] and [link=http://www.houseofpylon.com/Q500/Smasher/WoodVTail/V_Tail_Support.pdf]V_Tail_Support.pdf[/link]

I use the 12" x 24" piece of MDF so I can measure the tips. With the smaller jig, you just have to measure from the table top if you need to.

Print out 2 copies of the Detail sheet. We need two of the angle pieces with the hole in them.

Even if you haven't bought a Smasher, you can follow along and build a tail. Then when you get the tail done, all you need is a fuselage to bolt it to.
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