For the horizontal tail pieces, I laid all 5 of them out on a larger 1/4” x 5” by 24” piece of poplar. I did a rough cut using the band saw with the intent of finishing them on my sander. DON’T DO THIS: I cut the 5 vertical pieces the same way, using another 1/4” x 4” by 24” piece, consuming one of the 10 pieces I’d originally purchased.
I thought I just needed 10 of the 1/4” x 4” pieces, to get the 2 wings per plane. After I started cutting the vertical tail pieces I guessed that I’d really needed 11 pieces. I was wrong. The vertical piece can come out of the same work piece that the lower wing is cut from. Next time…
Again, the vertical tail pieces were cut on the band saw with the intent of doing the final shaping using my sander.
Here’s a pic of all 10 pieces:
Here’s some pics after sanding. Note that I cut extra notches in each piece so they fit together better:
And here’s a pic after all 5 sets have been completed:
I also trimmed the bottom of each vertical piece to match the bottom of the body. I just fit the tail into the slot and transferred the body contour to the vertical tail piece. Then I rough cut the excess off at the band saw and did the final shaping on my sander.
-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ