📝 Bottom and rear skins....
I'm still following Michael's and Rob's blogs quite closely and apart from their 'off piste' improvements, probably will be to the end of this project.
Although the supplied instructions are comprehensive in telling you what to do, they don't often tell you how!
Having completed the side skins without too many problems, I wasn't as apprehensive starting this stage. Before fitting the skins, I made sure the formers were level and in line to prevent bumps and dips in them. I made a template for the bow former, so that I could shape them to the same size and shape.
Also, I had to install the under deck wiring as there would be no access after the skins were in place. I also added some pull throughs in the tubes, just in case. I had to consult my son on the placement of the main wires, battery and rudder servo, he's quite an expert on all things r/c.
The bottom skins were fitted in much the same way as the sides, steamed (kettle fashion) positioned, marked, excess removed, glued, drilled/pinned and clamped in place. The only difference was that I decided to use epoxy, stronger I think?
I did them one at a time and when set, I planed and sanded them to size. The aft skin was fitted in exactly the same way.
In all I was quite pleased with my work, I feel I am improving my technique, accuracy and confidence.