My my this is a big model…

OK. Been making profiles and formers all day and was able to get some of them mounted to the profile. What I did is print out the profile with the former locations and 3m 77 glue the profile plan to two pieces of basswood. These were also lightly tacked together so they could be separated after cutting. I then cut the profile and separated the two pieces so I have an exact RT and LT profile.

Next was to cut the formers taking into account the 1/8 profiles thickness. Otherwise you’ll be out of round.

The way I made the formers was to simply use a compass. Measure off the profile the width of each former from its location on the profile and mark with the compass. And yes I accounted for the 3/32 balsa sheeting I’ll be using tomorrow to sheet the right and left hull sections.

Eventually the RT and LT hull sections will be pegged together so I can match sand and check they are true to each other.
I can hear your thoughts now. Why a right and left side? Well it’s easier for one to get the formers straight and sheet. Additionally it will be easier to mold and give and exact parting line to sand to before connecting together since you’ll need to get inside to mount the lighting. Every part of this model and the molds will be right and left sides for this reason. Yes it means seaming and filling and sanding but there’s no other way to access the insides and add the lighting. Not easily anyway.

More tomorrow,


4 Responses to “My my this is a big model…”

  1. 1 Jeff Porteous
    November 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm


    Once again — wow! JeffP

  2. 3 deg
    November 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Nice, U8!

    Just build the one side and clone it over. No wait… 😀


  3. November 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm


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