The last couple of days has seen the deck set solid followed by all the labour intensive sanding, filling and filling to make good any joins ect. I’m now happy that the deck is a cracking fit around all points of the hull.
Next step was to start making the steps from the lower to upper deck. The kit supplied hideous vacform steps were used as a starting point to assess how to make new steps from 1.5mm styrene. After several hours of cutting, measuring, fettling and many discarded parts, the port side steps were fashioned, glued, filed, sanded and primed to see if any issues stood out. As for the starboard steps, I shall start on them tomorrow as I needed something else to break up the monotony! The manual calls for making the kick boards next, however I didn’t fancy that and they can be made anytime relatively early in the build, so shall possibly look at them Tuesday before work Wednesday!
So, I made a start on the cabin. The main parts are CNC cut styrene and just needed a little effort with a new scalpel blade and steel ruler to free them from the main sheet. The cabin sides are different in that the rear windows are positioned differently, so double checking with the manual was called for to make sure I identified the correct sides! Start8ng with the port side, all windows were cut out and the whole piece sanded. Last job was to cut the base former and cabin. Wall upright , sand and glue together at right angles and leave to set over night. Before gluing the first side to the base, I must ensure that my next modification of cutt8ng out the forward stowage hatch doors on both hull sides as i intend to make these function unlike the kit version which is drawn on, I shall show that when I do it.
So, tomorrow I shall build the other steps and more work on the cabin …