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by Charles Darley

The start of the fabrication the stern section of the hull

You can see in the picture a tin of resin. This resin is the sort used for car body repairs. A small amount was mixed up and used to fit the propeller shaft into the two halves to the tube support. Small packing pieces were first glued ito place to centralize the propeller shaft.

When this was set sufficiently to move resin was poured into the slot and glue applied to the timber sides and the two side mated together. To stop the resin from running out the ends of the slot a small amount of resin was mixed with sawdust from the band saw and used as a filler for the ends.

This is an other view to show the clamping arrangement necessary to hold the stern tube assembly to the stern base board (which is in the fore ground) ready for the fabrication of the stern part of the model.

The centre line of the stern base board has been marked out and the next stage will be the construction of the sloping parts of the stern area.

The clamps have been removed after the stern basic section has set in place. I have stood in place (supported by a scrape piece of timber) the template for the former that will be used to shape the ply used for the bottom of the stern section of the ship.

This is the actual former cut to the template. Note that the top right hand end has been left longer than the former so that it can engage with the base ply use to the main section of the ship. The bottom left hand end has also been cut longer so that it can be trimmed off after being cut to fit.

Here the ply has been clamped to the former.

In this close up, you can see the ply sandwiched between the former, on top, and that the piece of timber that was cut away to form the shape of the former has been used as packing to ensure good tight fit to the former.

Another view of the former this time from the top side.

The outer edge of the ply will also be set into a former when the position of the model ship's side is established.

Pre-shaping the ply will make the fabrication of the stern of the ship much easier. Wood glue alone will not be relied upon to hold the ply in place. Small brass screws will be used and also an application of GRP resin and matting such as is used for car body filler/repair.

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