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Starting to Build

  Now comes the time you have waited for, starting to build your model.  One thing I tend to do more often is to gather the items for my model together. 


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  I gathered together together the items I have on-hand to figure out what I may still need to order.  Going through the items also gives you a chance to find any errors with items fitting.  An example would be that I didn't order the right size u-joints to fit the prop shafts. 


Model Stand

It is very important to have a firm base on which to construct the model. This will help to avoid any tendency to build a twist into the hull. On plan Sheet #2 it shows a stand made from 12mm plywood or MDF.  I made patterns of the bow and stern frame  segments from the plans.


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After I transferred these to the oak planks. I used precut dimensional lumber for the sides.  I transferred the dimensions of the side rails to the ends and then I used a jig saw to cut out the pieces.
 

 
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After the pieces where cut out, I sanded them and glued them together with thick CA.  Then I sanded the entire stand smooth.



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If you intend to use this stand at the lakeside then it should be given two or three coats of clear polyurethane varnish at least.  In my case I'll end up using a stain with a polyurethane already added.

The top edges where the hull fits should be lined with strips of dense foam rubber, stuck on with a  type contact adhesive. I used an old computer "mouse pad".  I first cut the pad into strips and then glued them to the stand.


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