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    Modified Stiletto project
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    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    3 days ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Inwales and other framing for deck support done, as well as front compartment floor supports. Floor would not fit through the bulkhead so was made foldable so it can be removed if necessary.

    JB

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    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    9 days ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Deck cutouts done and cabin roof side overhangs sanded off (didn't like them,- something to break). Holes at bottom of front screen filled in as well. Inwales etc to be done yet in the hull for the deck supports.

    JB

    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    15 days ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    A bit more progress with the modified cabin being started, and deck ply cut out. Cabin is a bit different to the original, further forward and an inch longer, with larger sharper windows to modernize it a bit. Still more to go on it yet. I usually start with the basic plan for a model, then 'freestyle' it after that and make it my own version.

    JB

    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    11 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ChrisF ( Lieutenant)
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    That's what myself and Zooma are doing. We like the hull but felt the superstructure needed modernising. I've gone even further for my water-jet project as it's a sports boat version.

    Chris
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    15 days ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Commodore-H ( Midshipman)
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    I am with you, JB. I like to make changes to everything I build. I put my own β€œspin” on things.
    Looks to be going great.
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    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    30 days ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Been a while (seems like yesterday) hope everyone's been well, but had important work to catch up on (house, health, cars etc) which delayed progress. Finally got the urge to throw the top side sheets on, (too hot to work outside at the moment) using my jig as a platform to keep everything level. When I get a bit more time, I'll be able to glass the hull, and/or start fitting the motor/cable drive etc.

    JB

    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    28 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ChrisF ( Lieutenant)
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    It was interesting reading back through all the posts as I'd forgotten you're increasing the size of a Stiletto and your wonderful jig.

    I'd hoped to have started building mine by now but as you say life throws up other things and it will still be sometime before I get back into building again rather than just the bits and pieces I have been doing.

    Your build does get the enthusiasm kick-started again though.

    Chris
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    28 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I will also be making a much modified Stilleo/Rapier as a future project - thanks to some excellent ideas provided by Chris

    When I get all the templates drawn-up I will also cut a spare set of parts for Will (madwelshman) so that he can bung one together too! πŸ‘
    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    29 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ChrisF ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice looking hull. I'm going to be building a much modified Stilleto/Rapier at some point fitted with a water-jet.
    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    1 year ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Finding new uses for the framing jig. Using this method to keep the frame from twisting while working on it right side up, and raised up for prop shaft/motor mount work, or while waiting for work to be done. Obviously it's a bit flexible still without the side sheets, and clamping it like this holds it in shape. Just levelled at the transom and clamped (as previously done) but with the addition of 2 front struts. Sighted across the 2 bars to get it all level.

    I'm finding the jig is really useful, as you can clamp the model in almost any position, using a combination of the extension legs and cross bars, (also using cross bars for sighting level).
    Not much progress at the moment as I've been busy elsewhere, but hopefully will be doing more soon.

    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    1 year ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Graham93 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB,

    The jig is proving to be very flexible ( or should that be rigid? πŸ˜€).

    Nice view out of the window too πŸ‘

    Graham93
    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Removed the frame from the jig and re-mounted it using the transom clamped to hold it in place. Trimmed the laminated gunwale stringer with the belt sander to get the tops flush with the bulkheads. Trial fitted the shaft for position and glued in the motor mount plate. Also pre bent the side mid stringers (using boiling water run down them, a quick wipe to dry and clamping in place to set. These will be applied after the necessary internal work.

    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Gunwale stringer completed with 3 laminations of 5mm x 2mm spruce.

    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Decided to laminate the spruce gunwale stringers to give the frame a bit more stiffness, as it will need moving around a bit before the side center stringers and sheets are fitted later. Also cut a 4mm ply plate for the engine mount to be fitted later. Still easy to fit internal floors etc like it is.

    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hull is now flipped over, levelled and secured to the jig again, using the extension legs on the cross-bars. The keel locating angle blocks have been removed from the base board for the keel to sit flat. Because of the 'rocker' in the hull, a cross-bar is placed at the bow to keep it up.

    In this configuration, I can do the chine and mid stringers and deck, but will be doing the motor mount and internal bits before any of that, as it's easier to get at the inside without framing in the way.

    πŸ“ Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Second side on now,-once set it can be trimmed and flipped over on the jig. Might have to make a few mods to the jig to support it, now the sheets are on.

    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    I did wonder if the sheet was a bit short. 😁

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    2 years ago by πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, gap's there because they were short on one end😁 - balsa sheets were only 3ft (US Bud Nosen models) as the model shop didn't have any 1m lengths, - (would have been ideal,- boat's 38-1/2". They are usually in 3ft or 900mm lengths for some reason, (OZ stuff is 900mm). There were a couple of 4ftx3" lengths which I grabbed, (seldom see them) but I would have needed more of those. I'll just fill the gap with a couple of scrap pieces,- easy to do.

    Balsa gets scarce at times, between shipments, so you have to grab what you can when it's there. I never throw any balsa bits away.

    JB
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    2 years ago by πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Making great progress JB,

    I am wondering why is there a small area left open in the bow where the balsa doesn't quite go all the way forward?

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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