📝 Sheeting continues….
So, I managed to sneak the second bottom sheet on last night before bed giving that overnight to set.
This morning I trimmed, shaped and sanded the bottom sheets ready to receive the dreaded side sheets. Before anything else, I filed out the prop shaft exit and the hole leading to the rudder tube and check them in place for a good fit. One thing I have ordered today is a brass p-frame bracket as the prop shaft is only 6.30mm dia and would be very vulnerable to damage or bending if left hanging out in the breeze as you can see in the picture!
Having re-read the instructions, it recommended using contact adhesive to bond the sheets to the frames, ok, I’ll give that a go! First of all though, as recommended I added some doublers to the frames to give the sheeting more to grab onto and then set about marking the sheet we’re it was to make contact with the frames. I then put a coat of contact adhesive on all the frames except the curved front 2 and the chines and the marked side sheet. Leaving this for 10 minutes gave me a chance to grab the clamp box ready to bond the sheet on. And bond it did! You only get one shot, so with a couple of alignment marks I’d made, I offered up the sheet to the frames and started to bond and clamp it.
The instructions recommended using cyano and kicker for the curved formers and front chines and with a bit of brute force and muscle power, managed to get the curved parts bonded. I left the whole lot a couple of hours to set and then smeared Gorilla PVA into all the joints for added strength.
I’m now at a point we’re I need a break, so as I’m back at work tomorrow and Friday, I shall leave the final sheet and transom sheet until the weekend. Once they are on, it’s a case of adding the front balsa blocks followed by sanding, filler, more sanding before adding the false deck and getting ready to glass cloth.
See you at the weekend……..