How To: Removable Lightweight Nose SKEG.
This example is on my Artemis LT. The nose is pretty small so the SKEG won't take up any battery space. The Artemis doesn't need much lead in the nose either so this is a great way to build a SKEG. This took me about 1 hour to do including taking these wonderful photos :-) This idea has been around for a while but worth revisiting.
|Trace the side view of the nose and cut out 2 pieces of 3/32 G-10 F/G sheet. Cut out the SKEG and spacers from 1/8 G-10 F/G sheet. The SKEG is 1" wide. Installed about 1 1/4" hangs out the fuse at the front edge. Make the spacers about 3/16 wide for a good bond. The SKEG goes all the way to the top of the fuse when inserted into the SKEG box.|
|Sand and epoxy the SKEG box together with the spacers 1.00 apart. You should leave the spacers oversize and trim after the epoxy is cured. This makes the assembly easier to handle. Don't let the epoxy run into the box.|
|Find the location of the SKEG assembly on the fuse.|
masking tape to mark the SKEG box location and protect
the fuse while you cut. Use a Dremel tool and file to get a perfect fit.
Shape the SKEG box to fit the top contour of the fuse
the SKEG, slid it into the box and pack the top
of the box with clay so the epoxy won't bond the SKEG
in permanently. Slide the SKEG assembly into the
slot and mix a batch of laminating epoxy and chopped F/G. Make a nice fillet on
the top and bottom of the box to the inside of the fuse. Let cure overnight. Don't
glue in the SKEG! |
I also placed some lead shot on both sides of the SKEG box while the epoxy cured. This helped pack the F/G and made for a very solid installation.
|Sweet....for a SKEG.|