Evening Happy Modellers!!!
More progress on the Norland prototype.............
Before advancing on the hull windows, the propshafts and motor bases were fitted and lined up for smooth running:
Once all was dried and solid, the motors and shafts were removed and boxed away and the ends of the tubes sealed with masking tape to prevent sanding dust from getting in them.
Next, the timber deck-edge supports and hull bracing was fitted. Firstly, a line 2mm down from the top edge of the hull was drawn in:
The timber stringers were then fitted with 2 part epoxy for a firm hold:
Once these had had 24 hours to harden, the hull cross-bracing was inserted - again using 2 part epoxy and good clamps:
The fibreglass hull is so 'stable' and of a decent thickness that further internal bracing or bulkheads are unnecessary. There will be, however, further deck support cross-beams to be fitted so these will add further to the bracing.
Once all was dry - 48 hours were given for this - a start was made on opening up the window apertures in the hull.
With this kit, we have gone the route of designing it to have larger, rectangular, openings cut in the hull (easier to do) filled with laser-cut parts that contain the actual window openings:
These were going to be on 2mm styrene sheet but the first batch looked wrong - the depth of the window frame was too much - so we changed to 1.5mm thick which looks much more representative. Doing the hull windows this way ensures that they are all evenly spaced and are the same size. A far easier method to cut out fewer, larger openings than to have to cut out each window individually!!
To take a break from filing fibreglass, I made a start on constructing the funnel. As per our Free Enterprise V kit, it is made from a skeleton of lasered styrene sheet which, when cleaned up, slots together quite well:
This will then be wrapped in 0.5mm lasered styrene and then topped off with a vac-formed funnel cap.
Should get most of the hull windows finished tomorrow. Should also be placing an order for the electrical gubbins so that we can get her on the water to test before we go too much further with the build.