bulkheads. When dry, attach the topand bottom stringers. The auxiliarystringers are 1/16" sq. sanded toabout 1/20" sq. They are placed inthe proper notches and cemented.The rudder post is cut from a piece of1/4"x 3/16" and glued in position. Therear hook is bent to shape from .028music wire and sunk in the rudderpost as required. The cockpit isformed by bending 1/32" sheet. Thesheet is first cut to the necessarywidth and length. The lower edge iscemented to the stringer below thecockpit. When dry, the sheet balsa isbent the remaining distance andglued. The cockpit outline is markedwith a pencil and cut out with a sliverof a razor blade. A small piece of1/16" sheet, the pattern of which isgiven on the bulkhead sheet, isinserted between the extensions ofNo. 3 and 4 bulkheads and forms thecenter portion of the fillet,To cover, use narrow stripsof the best grade paper obtainable.Each strip runs the entire portion ofthe fuselage. The headrest also iscovered with numerous narrow stripsto avoid wrinkles. The finishedcovering is lightly sprayed and doped.Cut all the blocks X (7/16" x1-1/16" x 7/16") and Y (1-1/16" x 1" x1-1/16"). Block X is cemented flushwith the front face of No. 3 bulkhead.Block Y is attached in the samemanner to the rear face of No. 4bulkhead. If any care is exercised inthe carving of these fillet blocks, notrouble will be had in theirattachment.The auxiliary gas tank addsvery little weight but much inappearance. The side patterns arecut from 1/32" sheet and cemented tothe bottom of the fuselage at therequired position. The lower coveringor bottom of the tank is also 1/32"sheet. It is bent to shape as it is gluedin place. Cement one end and allowto dry. Bend a bit further and allow todry again. In this manner there canbe no cracking. Block Z is cut from asoft block 1-3/8" x 1-3/16" x 7/16" andis attached at the position shown inthe side view.The entire fuselage unit, ifpainting is desired, should besilvered. The markings are easilydiscerned in the pictures. Though thepainting adds weight, the F4B-4 willfly well.The windshield is celluloid.Directly in front of the windshield atthe position noted on the side view,the telescopic sight is located. A stripof 3/32" is cut to the required lengthand rounded. The sight is paintedblack.
Landing Gear and Tail WheelAssembly
The main landing gear strut iscut from 1/8" x 3/8" stock andstreamlined. The small fillets shownare made from 1/4" sheet andattached with bamboo pins andcement. Do not dispense with thepins as they are necessary. The mainstruts are attached to the fuselage asrequired. It would be use to cut awaya tiny opening in the paper so that thestrut will have a firm contact with thewood of the bulkhead. The rearstruts, the spreader bar and the strutsmarked M are all cut to the requiredlengths and streamlined from hard1/8" x 1/4". The spreader bar isattached to the bamboo pins at thelower extremities of the main struts.There should be a small clearancebetween the wood of the bar and themain strut. The 1-7/8" wheels aremounted on .028 music wire axles.The axles are attached to thespreader bar in such a manner thattheir ends sink into the wood at apoint just below the attachment of theM struts. The axles are bound withthread and cemented.The 1/2" tail wheel ismounted on an .014 wire axle. Thewood mount seen on the side view isa piece of 3/32" sheet attached to thecut away portion of the rudder post.
Tail Assembly and Mounting
The main spars are 1/16" x1/8" and are pinned directly to thebench. The crosspieces are cut to therequired lengths from 1/32" x 1/8" andare cemented in place. The lowestcross-piece of the rudder is cut from3/32" sheet. The edges of bothstabilizer and rudder are formed bybending 1/20" sq. bamboo to shapearound a candle flame.Cover each side of bothstabilizer and rudder with separatepieces of tissue. Dope the finishedsurfaces lightly.The fillets are cut to shape asshown from two blocks 3-1/16" x 5/8"x 5/16". They are attached to thefuselage with very thick cement. Ifnecessary, expose a quantity ofcement to the air until the desiredconsistency is attained. If anycrevices result from a variation ofconstruction, carefully fill them withthis thickened cement as they are tobe painted over. Attach the stabilizerhalves to the fillets with cement. Thetail braces are cut to the givenlengths and cemented in position.The rudder is cemented to the topformer stringer and braced with blackthread.The tail unit, including thefillets, were painted a solid red on themodel. The lettering was done withwhite oil paint.
Center Section Struts, Wingsand Interplane Struts
The center section struts arecut to the lengths required from 1/8" x1/4 " and streamlined. The ends areslanted before the struts arecemented in position.The spars for the top wingare 1/16"x 3/16". They are pinned tothe bench as evenly as possible. Theribs are cut from 1/32" sheet, pinnedtogether and sanded to a similaroutline. The notches are cut while theribs are pinned together to insuretheir accuracy. Cement the ribs inplace on the spars. The special tipsections required are shown on thewing plan in dotted lines. The leadingedge of the top wing is 1/8" sq. stock,half rounded and cemented inposition. The trailing edge is 1/16" x3/16" stock. The tips are 1/20" sq.bamboo, bent by candle flame to the