Week 48  This week we get frame number 3

The bits we received

And what we did with them

The first job was to remove the mould lines and run a 3mm drill through the holes so the frame would go over the brass spars.

I have now started using a jig to help with the fuselage assembly.  When I say jig, all it really is is a building board with some strategic lines marked on it. 

First off, draw a line down the centre.
Next mark the positions of the two existing frames.  Measure the width of these frames to the very extremities, and transfer these dimensions to the board.  Now draw another line 69mm in front of the second frame. Measure the overall width of the new frame and mark this on the board.  Finally, take a length of scrap wood and mark two lines on it 69mm apart.

Now place the fuselage over the board, line it up with the centre line and existing marks, and you will see the exact position of the frame you've just received. 

Apply glue and hold with clothes pegs.  Use the scrap wood with the two lines to align the top of the frame.  Again, leave it for a full 24 hours before handling it.

This is what it looks like with the pegs removed.

Harold's Jig

Harold deserves the credit for coming up with the idea of using a jig.  Here are some photos of Harold's jig.  My version is slightly less formal than Harold's but suits my style of building. 

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Week 47 : Tail Skid support

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

This week :

1 hrs

Running total :

120 hrs

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