4 months ago
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
It has been a long time since I last reported on progress on the FINNMARKEN ( 4Months) this does not mean I have been sun bathing,I am still quite white and hiding from the heat and sun!
I am a bit surprised there was no answer to my question regarding the side entry port ! It is 9.4cms wide and the made to measure, laser cut “gate” is 7.2cms wide
Still ,back to my update
my main problem has been trying to fit the front panel between the foredeck to bridge level I have tried at least 4 times to get it to fit as the edges are curved quite sharply, my first attempt was as per the building instructions, and was a mess! Tried making formers to hold it in the correct place.My last attempt I soaked one end and using some 1/4 round a bench vice and some clamps to get the shape ,left it to dry on 40 degree temp for a day and then repeated for the other end and then whist assembling had to trim the ends to get the rake (it was supposedly precut by laser ).
At this stage the front panel was in such a condition it should have been replaced but as there are no suppliers locally finished up reinforcing it with EZEcote and fibre glass matting.
In between thinking of options I have been fitting the decking (150, 0.5*3*50mm) until I ran out, I need at least 50 more,( I am now making a list of errors a deficiencies to report and order) I butt joined the decking then varnished them using MONE MARTES iridescent clear varnish which when dry gives a sparkly finish (which may enhance the lighting effect, *an experiment,¨).
At this stage I decided to sort out the lighting by fitting the wood framework for the wiring on the four decks (red) which, after another fitting as some pieces the slots already cut out are in the wrong places and need yet more adjustment! this may have to be repeated when the lights and wiring is installed. the wiring supplied is coated copper but I may replace it with SWG26 as used for radio control wiring to give better insulation