Tail Skid and Tail Shoe
But, now it was time to finish the tailk skid. I was not looking forward to frustrating myself again, but that did not happen. Within five minutes of heating and tweaking, I had the tail skid perfectly alligned! Ha! I guess I just needed some time away from it.
The tail skid utilizes a steel washer at each pivot point, so I cut that out of some .100 steel. They will be drilled later.
Then, I took some 3/16 in steel and cut a long strip. This will be the tail skid shoe.
It's pretty thick stuff, so heat needes to be applied. I used a 1 1/2 in tube as a bending bar.
As you can see, the shoe makes a tight curve at the end and a gentle, sweeping curve further up the skid. To make the upper curve, clamp the steel around the tube the same way, but heat a large area and hammer on the top of the steel. This spreads out the bend and gives you a nice, slow curve.