View Full Version : Question about tail skin.

03-10-2011, 06:34 PM
I just cracked open my plans and it came with a info packet. I read it now I am confused and scared…..

I see references to having to use .020 skins verses the stock skins that came with the tail kit. I had not heard this before, call it lack of due diligence.

Do I need to go out and find .020 replacement skins or will the stock unit due, I think I can find some from a local supplier but then I have to find a place to cut it.

Once again I come to y’all for help.

03-10-2011, 07:10 PM
I was trying to figure out which vintage tail kits made a switch in skin thickness before I figured out that your question was posed in the Rocket forum.


03-13-2011, 08:37 PM
I talked with John Harmon today about your question while having lunch with him at his restaurant at L45 (Bakersfield Muni - Rocket Central). He definitely recommends subbing the .020 skins - he says for high G loading situations. So there you have it, straight from the Rocketman himself - do yourself a favor and listen to what he said.

Hope this helps, OBTW - my Rocket is almost 10 years old (with .020 tailfeathers), and I'm glad I used the heavier skins!

03-14-2011, 03:58 PM
Its great knowing that a bunch of great guys have my back, once again thanks!
Now Just have to find some 020 to cut!

Tom Martin
03-14-2011, 07:30 PM
I think that .020 skins are a Vans option. Check it out.

03-14-2011, 09:34 PM
A friend of mine has .016 skins on his RV-4 and has already had issues with cracks on those skins. Go with .020 for sure.

03-14-2011, 09:48 PM
.016" are totally sufficient when formed properly. My RV-6 has been flying for 18 years with absolutely no cracks.

However, for the Rocket, I would strongly recommend the .020" skins.