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Beveling the edge of the inner keel (click to open/close)
The first step in the instructions is beveling the edge of the inner keel. This step was also done first on the prototype. From here, a deviation from the instructions were made. Rather than cut the bulkhead patterns out of the plans and glue them to the bulkheads as was stated in the instructions, on the prototype all the bulkheads were slipped in their appropriate slots and a bead of epoxy was applied in the corner where the bulkhead meets the profile piece.
All the bulkheads are in place (click to open/close)
 In the photo looking down on the hull, all the bulkheads are in place and square to the center profile piece. The photo below shows one of the home made handy dandy tools used to form the hull. It's made of two pieces of wood with the bottom shaped like half an egg if cut length wise. Different grit sanding papers are rubber cemented to the bottom. I make a variety of sander sizes and shapes with edges from 90 degrees to rounded. I find these tools quite useful in model building. The kit is designed with thicker bulkheads made of Basswood. The heavier construction produces a strong hull that will stand up to the sanding job. An advantage to building a hull in this manner is that you are forming the hull as one unit. If a bulkhead was slightly warped or not on an exact 90 degrees to the profile piece, the error is rectified when the hull is sanded. Now on to sanding.

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