Hi all, hope all are keeping well. Its been a while since I've been able to make any progress, working away over the last few weeks and have had little time to get back in the shed as a result.
However some progress, particularly the cockpit and seating arrangements. Going through the kit fittings I opted to make my own cockpit surround, dash, steering wheel, including a throttle, a simple shifter for the floor, and my own bollards. The kit supplied bollards were undersized in my opinion, so I've used them (and the short brass rod supplied) as a handrail for the rear seat.
I'm pondering making up a false glove box cover for the left side of the dashboard - the wood has a light coloring showing through that I'm not altogether happy with and I was considering a glovebox anyhow so it might work out well. Maybe a few other details - one or two false lights under the gauges might also fill out the space without being overly complex.
The mast and flag are fitted, I had a spare US flag luckily as the kit supplied version is only colored on one side - it's transparent but looks rubbish to be honest so its in the toolbox and out of my sight for now. 🤔
This weekend I hope to fabricate a new window frame, again the kit plastic pieces are fairly lame so I'm going to replace these also - I can't decide whether to use a wooden frame or make one from brass angle and paint it chrome.
I need to also make up 2 air inlets which will sit in front of the hatch, then go back to touch ups particularly inside and under the hatch, and inside the hull at the cockpit opening.
Still haven't found a seal solution as yet that I'm happy with for the hatch or cockpit, it might be a case of taking a test cruise first and see how much of an issue this is in my case as I haven't used the plastic covers / surrounds from the kit. Hopefully I've got a better seal than I think....🤞
Last job-if all goes well-is to give her a name. I'm fortunate to have a label cutting machine at home to make my own decal- Just got to decide on a name.
I'll reveal that in the next post.
Stay safe and well everyone.