Week 8  This week the aft upright keel and frames 39 to 42

The bits we received

And what we did with them

First off, join the two pieces of rear keel.  Note how I lined up the bottoms with a steel rule to make sure they're straight.  When that it dry enough to handle add one of the braces and weigh it all down with cans of beans, or similar weight so that it dries flat.  Note made with hindsight.  I lined the braces up with the bottom of the keel.  Mistake!!  They take a lot of sanding when you bevel the frames to take the planks.  It would be better to lift them up 1/4" (about 6mm) or just line them up wiht the top of the keel.

Now I glued frames 41 & 42 in place.  It is most important that frame 41 is perfectly square and lines up with the top of the keel.  The bottom will look as if it a little short, but that will be correct once the chamfers have been sanded on the keel (prior to planking).  Note the corners of the ply fret cut off and used to reinforce the frame and keep it square.  Thanks to Jim for that tip.  Frame 42 need to be lined up with the bottom of the keel.

When those two frames are perfectly dry I glued the aft keel in place.  Again, note the corner reinforcements to keep it square.  It is important that the keel is flat and upright.

I decided to keep the remaining two frames until I have the remaining parts for the stern.

Hot tip of the week

Make sure you get the two pieces of keel the right way round.  I have a 'senior moment' and got them wrong to start with.  Luckily I spotted the error before I added a brace, so it was easy to separate and redo correctly.

How many hours does it take to build the model ??

This week :

2 hrs

Running total :

9 hrs

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Take me to week 9