Happy New Year All
Well, we are back from our travels around Europe and keen to get cracking on the Norland prototype. Bit of a deadline to meet really in that we would like her practically finished by the time of the Dortmund show in early April - not much pressure there then!!!!
Spent the evening in the workshop starting to trim the hull and preparing it for cutting the various openings etc.
First job was to remove the central mold line along the keel - normal stuff as a result of the two part mold....
As the hull is quite a bright white, cutting the various openings and trimming the hull back is made easier by highlighting the various 'edges' etc. with a dark pen or pencil:
The positions of the rudder shafts, and the centres and extremities of the openings for the propshafts, were also highlighted:
The relatively complex shape of the hull sides toward the stern need careful consideration if they are to be depicted accurately. It was found that, unfortunately, the molding process has obscured some of the 'defined' edges in this area so reference was made to the drawings for dimensions. A dim of 65mm was clarified, up from the point where the underside of the hull meets the vertical, and a pencil line drawn in. This will be highlighted in the instructions:
Then, with careful cutting, sanding and filing, the final shape was obtained:
The fibreglass behind this 'shape' will need to be sanded smooth as it will be visible on the finished model.
All this cutting and sanding is vital at this stage prior to inserting the propshafts, rudders and motors to prevent contamination by the fibreglass dust. Will crack on with the rest of the hull tomorrow morning - hopefully it will all be ready for the motors and shafts by the evening