Saturday, March 02, 2013

Wavemaster update

Wavemaster motored

Just a quick update on my Dad's Wavemaster build first mentioned in January.

The hull outer sheets were fitted with difficulty. Getting the pointy bit at the front in place was a nightmare. One of the bits of wood being short didn't help either.

For the non-boat modeller, you have to bend a flat bit of thin plywood around the most curved part of the model. None of the edges are straight and working out what shape they should be required the assistance of a piece of cardboard template. Long packs of Cadburys choccie finger biscuits provide exceptionally useful card for this job...

Anyway, we followed the normal method of fitting the sides first and then the bottom. We should have done it the other way around as clamping the bottom sheet is a heck of a lot easier this way.

After this, the wood was smoothed, filled and covered in some Deluxe Materials Eze-cote - a water based alternative to fibreglass and resin. This was very easy to use and seems to have worked well. It's a heck of a lot less smelly than fibreglass anyway.

Finally a coat of Halford spray enamel and it was time to fit the mechanical bits. More on this once we've tested them on the water.

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