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Polikarpov I-16 Type 24 "Rata"

Fuselage Construction - Part 10

View of bottom side of fuselage showing the 1/64" plywood fillet base. The fillets are blended into the aft part of the fuselage.
View of fuselage with completed wing fillets.
View of fuselage with completed wing fillets.
Adding the horizontal stabilizer. The wing is block up by placing equal height support under each tip rib. The horizontal stabilizer base is "adjusted" by shims and sanding as required to get the stab level with the wings. Also check the diagonal distances from the tip of the elevator to the tip of the wing.
After the horizontal stab is secured in place the vertical stabilizer/rudder assembly is added making sure that it is aligned to the centerline of the fuselages and 90 degrees to the horizontal stab. The stabilizer parts have been covered with Solite and prepared for painting by rubbing with #000 steel wool and wiped with 91% denatured alcohol.
Bottom side of tail section showing music wire elevator joiner and scrap balsa filler strips glue to each side of old jig tongue (which became the support base for the horizontal stabilier). This part of the tail will be covered with a hollowed-out balsa tail cone.
Top side of the fuselage tail section prepared for installation of the 1/32" sheeting. Small 1/16" balsa formers (F7T) have been glued to each side of the vertical stabilizer. A 1/16" "doubler strip" has been glued to the back side of F7 to support the 1/32" tail sheeting. 1/16" sq balsa strips have been glued to the top of the horizontal and vertical stabilier where the 1/32" sheeting will contact.
Right side showing the 1/32" balsa sheeting added in two pieces. The top piece site on the bottom sheet and fits flush to the vertical fin.
Bottom side of the tail showing scraps of 1/8" balsa glued to each side of the jig tongue. The very aft part of the tail will be a balsa cone.
The tail cone is made of layers of 1/4" and 1/8" balsa in a "C" shape. The cone is hollowed-out and then slid into place over the jig tonue.

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