|Pilothouse Front window top and bottom|
|The cabin top
and the pilot house should be the same camber so using
the remaining plate from the bottom cut is a logical
It was trial fit to make sure. Before this piece can be served up, the forward edge of the pilot house roof must be cut to the prescribed curve also.
The 'ol camber frame was used again to get an idea of where this would be. I tinkered around with it for a while, making measurements and had full intentions on cutting it slightly oversize. But realised this would really be of no use.
So I cut it positioned at the exact angle of the lower edge and it was right on!
Once this was done, It was just a matter of tacking it together.
|Suddenly I realised the 8'
of plate wasn't long enough! How could this be? The
window definately appears wider at the bottom than at the
top. But because the cabin top widens towards the aft,
and the angle of the pilot house sides isn't enough to
compensate this over the 3', it is in fact 1" wider
at the top! Thank goodness for optical illusions!!
I just welded on a couple of 1" 3/16 extensions to make up for it, then trimmed to fit.
|Meanwhile, Gena was doing
some more work on the hull cooling system. I had to
interupt her welding and do some of my own. Welding isn't
my strong suit but I couldn't mess this join up to bad!
After some grinding it came together really well. ( photo
left ) I primed it with some old white paint I found to
get a feel of how it will look. We now must decide how
much to trim off the top and bottom for the window
The angle is perfect all through, keeping in mind the point of measurement is 90º along the straight edge and not straight down! This is the way the window will be filling the hole.
9 hours - Welded in plate around window, welded ( carefully ) some more hull cooling system.