Tail fittings painted
The transformation was amazing. The flimsy wooden structure became rather strong when everything was screwed together.
Here is a tip for thoes of you building a Jenny rudder - with all the tabs in place, it is difficult to remove or install the wooden framework as a whole. The tabs prevent the wood from lifting out (as they should). Since you can't weld the fittings or braze the tabs in place, the wood has to be removed.
So, shape the tubing on the jig, braze and weld all the tabs and hinges, and then build the internal framework. You'll save yourself a lot of headaches that way!
Get ready to paint tons of little fittings! It goes pretty quickly though. Here are a bunch of them ready for paint.
Same for the wires. They are drying as we speak.
I also had a chance to clean up one of the original rudder bars. More on this later.