And here the first of 50 Paulownia strips is being glued to the ply. Each strip is 50x12 mm and is tapered to match the profile of the fuselage. They are then edge-routed with one side concave and other convex. The strip is then steam-bent to shape and glued. (This technique is used in the strip canoe construction method.)
There are 'only' 25 more strips to attach...then I can start all over again on the RH side. When finally joined together, the two halves will be covered with a thin layer of polyester and woven glass matt. The total thickness of the 'skin' will be 16mm- about the same as on the 'real thing'
The markings sketched out show where the cockpit opening and wing 'stubs' will be.
I have made so much progress over the lock-down period that I think I will have to self-impose another one!
Thank you all for your comments... baz62: I am in North Canterbury, probably not more than a days march from you? axelford: aha! regarding the colour choice, I may well defer to those with far more knowledge of such things! Venomnut: I am also impressed with the fine restoration work that you are doing on the dH 'family member'
Rob was kind enough to let us have a sneak peek a few months ago. His workmanship is really something:
Having never actually been in a Mossie cockpit with a seat in it (I don't get out much), sitting in the seat (and making all the obligatory noises) I was already struck by how cramped it is- and that's without the cockpit sides or the nav sitting next to me.
He has also been very genererous in his support of our project, making masterpieces like this junction box: