Thread: Build Log 1/7 F-14D Tomcat scratch build
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Old Apr 14, 2012, 10:10 PM
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Horizontal stab Version 2.0 has its skins cured and in the garbage!

both skins ready to join came out to 12.3oz, with the addition of the internal structure and the pivot shaft, they would of ended up at 1.2lbs total weight. Lighter, but not enough!

Next step, is to get some thinner core material, and some lighter weight carbon (the stuff is $198 for 1 square yard! OUCH!)

I may also try a layup with very little carbon compared to what I have been doing and just go with an extra layer of glass. If tomorrow is to windy to get some flying in, I will layup another horizontal stab.

The plus side to all of this, is that once I figure it out, i'll know what needs to be done for the entire tail section of the airplane. It sucks to waste the material, but it doesn't hurt to much considering the core and carbon I have was purchased on sale for a very significant discount.
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