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Bob Abell09/06/2020 09:43:47
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Hi Ashley, no cutouts required, with this new found wonder material!

The structure will be a lot lighter than MK 1, there may even be room to fit a large balloon filled with Helium!

That was mean`t to be a light hearted joke, but...…….Ummmmmm>

At the moment, the carcass is lashed down with weighted string, like Gulliver in Lilliput Land, which has firmed it up, somewhat

More exciting developments shortly

Bob

Bob Abell09/06/2020 10:08:41
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Latest progress picture

The weighted string idea has proved to be very helpfull

Some of the stringer notches are in need of adjustment now

All I need now are a few long 6mm square stringer strips

Dare I use hardboard?......That`s all I`ve got in the wood larder...….Hmmmm

Bob

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ashley needham09/06/2020 12:52:15
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Bob. Don’t think that hardboard will be suitable for stringers, even when doubled up to get 6mm, it will just break if used thin like that.

No more ply or planks?...at all?

Ashley

Bob Abell09/06/2020 13:03:38
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Hi Ashley

I realise your hardboard has it`s limitations, Ash, but I have plans to overcome this minor nuisance......Hopefully....

I like the flexibility of the narrow strips and some of these stringers are going to go through some tortuous curves!

Will make a sandwich using 1/16" cross grain plywood...….And then some!

It`s quite interesting doing one`s own thing...….You know the feeling

Working on the forgotten Transom now, with is a bit tricky at the moment...…..Isn`t it. Paul?

Bob

Bob Abell09/06/2020 14:18:42
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We seem to be sweeping along here at a rapid pace?

The first stringer is behaving itself quite nicely

What about the shape?

Hey Paul.....Are you sure this not a Banana Boat?...……..Looks very exciting shape

Bob

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Paul T09/06/2020 19:10:51
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Hi Bob

Not a Banana boat but you could do with some banana boxes

Paul

Bob Abell10/06/2020 07:54:55
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Thanks Paul

I could also do with some glue...…..It might arrive today from Amazon

Apart from the keel, there are no glued joints on the latest picture

Bob

Bob Abell10/06/2020 16:22:12
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The glue has finally arrived chaps

Made a start at the Bows end, making sure that all is well

Made a small mod Paul......

Have cut down the Breast plates and allowed the stringers to run to the pointy end to obtain a smoother transition

Bob

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Edited By Bob Abell on 10/06/2020 16:30:37

ashley needham10/06/2020 18:39:08
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You seem to have the worlds supply of small clamps there Bob !!

I have got loads of those....when you need them, you never seem to have enough.

Looking very smooooth I must say so far, It`s the superior materials you are using.

Ashley

Bob Abell10/06/2020 18:58:16
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Hi Ashley

I need more clamps right now!

But because I`m glueing up now, there will be few clamps coming surplus shortly

It`s a bit of a worrying time at the moment, as I can`t see the wood for the trees!

It`ll make more sense shortly

Enjoying the challenge still, not going to bother with the Motors etc at the moment, just the hull and super structure

Going to need plenty of thin stuff shortly, how do you go about splitting hardboard sheets?

Bob

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