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The tail sections (empennage) of all ZODIAC models are the same.
Many builders start construction of the aircraft with the tail sections.  These low-cost sections are the smallest components of the aircraft and can easily be built in a small workshop.

Building the stabilizer...

RUDDER TAIL SECTION:

The Zodiac Rudder Tail Section
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The ZODIAC tail sections are designed to provide maximum effectiveness (control) at slow speeds. The aircraft designs feature an all-flying vertical tail (rudder) section for excellent effectiveness and control, especially at low speeds. The all-flying rudder provides responsive rudder control, while also minimizing weight and complexity (there’s only one vertical tail section). Two rudder bearings bolt to the rear fuselage to fix the rudder to the fuselage.

HORIZONTAL TAIL SECTIONS:

Horizontal Tail Sections
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The horizontal stabilizer tail section is built up of two spars and eight internal ribs, with reinforcement doublers on the spar for the spar attachment brackets.

Building the ZODIAC tail sections Building the ZODIAC tail sections
Building the ZODIAC stabilizer

The internal assembly is then covered with the pre-formed sheet-metal skin.  The skin is wrapped around the internal assembly, and drilled and riveted into place. Rounded fiberglass fairings are riveted to the tips of the elevator.  The elevator is bolted to the top of the rear fuselage.

The elevator is constructed of a single pre-formed skin with reinforcing internal ribs. It is attached to the stabilizer with a conventional piano-hinge, and is equipped with a standard electric trim tab.

Building the Zodiac tail sections...

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