Vulture 1 sprouts wings and a tail
Lots of lovely construction snaps for your viewing pleasure
With the rudder on, it was just a matter of making good the tail with paper skinning:
The skin is standard printer paper glued to the paper straws. We abandoned all attempts at stressed skin surfaces since this proved disastrous for the structure.
In fact, the paper straws are in themselves pretty strong, and since they're extremely light, there's no impediment to throwing in lots of structure and considering the skin as simply a protective covering.
We made the elevators in the same way as the rudder:
Once they were on, we finished the skinning and made good all the joints with a general-purpose rubber-based repair adhesive. Job done.
You'll be wondering how the paper will be protected from the elements. The answer is off-the-shelf gloss spray paint - in the case of the tail a striking orange:
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