My daughter saw me sitting with hull on one side and LOTS of different pieces of wood on the other and a very puzzled look on my face and asked what was wrong. I explained it to her and showed her what I needed. It took her all of 3 seconds to say "why don't you take that thin piece and make it the same shape as the place you need it to go". When I explained that it wouldn't fit under the radio box because it was too long she asked me (in that oh so inocent way kids have) "well why don't you just cut it in half?".
BINGO...lights go on. Sure enough I cut a piece of 1/8" ply, shape it and saw it in half and they both slide right in and flip into place. All I needed to do then was to drill 2 small holes in the transom to add a screw to the ply to hold it and to allow me to inject some epoxy. Now I just need to fill in the holes and reprime the hull and she's ready for a trial fit of all the hardware.
I'm kind of in a quandry about the rudder though. I have the old one from my old nitro viper. Still works fine and is in nice shape but it is plastic. Seeing as my budget is a little low for this project I'm a little hesitant buy a new rudder right now but I'm not sure I want to fit in the old rudder only to replace it later on. On a bright note I did manage to get the head of the 12 CV nice and polished today. It's been raining on and off all day so no real work to do outside (oh darn
That lawn will have to wait). I had the engine sitting there and the head was a little scratched up and the red was chipping off so I figured I'd strip it and smooth it all out.
WARNING TO EVERYONE ELSE: CV heads are not easy to strip the colour from.
It spent around 2 hours sitting in brake cleaner. That stuff will strip the gravity off a black hole. Only managed to soften the paint. Was able to pick it off in chuncks with an x-acto and then clean with a wire bush on the dremel. A few stages of wet sanding and then a final polish and I can see myself in the side of the head.
My fingers hurt now.
I think I need to take a break from the boats for a few days. I managed to find a an RC plane club quite nearby on saturday so it looks like I'm going to have to get at least one of the planes going as well.
Does the work never end?