After completing the cowl, turned to the rear structure cover
ing the gas turbine and other engine
spaces. This can readily be made from styrene
sheet. The sides and top were cut out, reinforced with “L” shaped angle and fitted together with CA glue. No particular challenges, other than determining where the various section transition
s occur. Luckily had two different sets of plans
to compare, so the nuances could be established.
It was not until the rear structure was fitted into the cowl, the assembly fitted to the removable deck and placed on the hull, realized just how important this milestone was. Once everything is firmly located the accuracy of build
becomes readily apparent. Any inaccuracies show up as an obvious misalignment.
Was able to check the alignments and squareness using eye, rules, squares and a spirit level and was pleased with the outcome. A subtle sanding
of about .020” off the base of one side of the superstructure
and everything became square, parallel and correctly aligned. Quite a relief!
Have always stressed the importance of accuracy throughout a build
. This supported that recommendation.
Once the superstructure
was completed realized my plan to lift the deck off to gain access to the electric
al control switch
es was impractical. Have thus cut a small access hole in the rear deck to facilitate access. Still undecided how to best disguise the hole, but at least access is now relatively easy.
From now on, until the test program can be continued on the water, will add detail to the model
. Doubt there will be much to describe is that of interest, or that has not been cover
ed by others.
Will continue this blog once there is anything significant to report.
In the meantime, best wishes for Christmas and 2019,