The first thing to do is "Read the Instructions" and study the parts to work out what goes where😉.
The micro chisel works well to release the laser cut parts from the plywood sheets. Less risk of cut fingers and somehow we managed to avoid any bruises.
The parts are accurate and easy to fit together with very little cleaning up required. The first challenge came when fitting the centre keel to the underside of the hull bottom. The keel is in two pieces which are spaced to leave a gap for the propshaft. There is no hole in the hull bottom for the propshaft to pass through so the keel pieces were used to work out where to cut the hole. A length of 7mm dia. brass tube was used to ensure that the hole was big enough and in the right place. The keel doublers were added to strengthen the area around the shaft tube. Additional keel doublers were needed to accommodate the 7mm tube. These were cut from scrap ply.
Having completed the basic hull framework, the next instruction in the manual is to fit the side skins. However doing that at this stage would make fitting and aligning the motor much more difficult. Better to sort out the motor mounting while there is access through the sides of the hull. It is a shame that there isn't a note in the instructions explaining this as an inexperienced builder would likely press on at this stage and then have the challenge of having to fit and align the motor through the restricted deck access hatch.
As I needed some time, (and peace and quiet 😁) to sort out the motor mount, 'we' decided to move on to assembling the cabin. Finley cut out the parts using the chisel, I held them in place while he applied the superglue. I didn't end up with too much on my fingers and managed to peel them off the model several times. 😊
The cabin is built in situ but needs to be removable to gain access to the inside of the hull. Masking tape was applied around the access hatch before the cabin pieces were glued in place to ensure that it didn't end up permanently attached, despite the liberal application of superglue!
By the end of the day we had made good progress. Finley went home and wouldn't stop telling his Mum and Dad about the boat. He wanted to come back the next day to carry on construction, but I need time to sort out the motor mount, and the rudder servo mount, before he returns.
Sorry there aren't so many photos, but I had my hands full!