|The hull radius curve fought hard against our plans today! Because the fiberglass sheets were only availabe as 4 foot widths, a small portion below each panel needs to be filled. Not so much for the look of it, as 3 of the 4 will be under seats, lockers, and galley cupboards. Just so these areas are durable against the objects we stow here.|
Tape holds bulging, below more white pinecones!
|The above photo shows a
plastic joiner connecting these two together. This took
us over an hour to get it to line up! Because of the
problem of compound curves in the radius, the job was
daunting. I personally don't think it will stay well, but
Once was enough. The next section (photo left ) we pushed up under and attached, overlapping, with several fasteners. This caused little bulges to happen so we taped and used silicone.
Unfortunately this is the one that will be exposed under a desk so a wide wood trim may be the answer. Vertical slits really would be the answer but that would likely even look worse!
Horizontal strips of wood on
small tabs will be the ultimate answer in the aft
One good thing happened when the panel was overlapped. It became stiffer by far.
Wood panel in this case likely would have been better, but we're happy so far with the results regardless.
galley/dining areas were much less work as the curve of
the hull at this point is flatter and more constant.
6 hours - Put on 4 lower panels.