|Day 32||Putting on split radius plate|
|As the plating
approaches the center of the hull, the curves become more
acute. It is necessary to split the plate length-wise,
and fair them in together to obtain a better fit. This
proposed two problems:
Where to split the plate, ie. where the curved split would sit around the radius curve.
Whether or not to make it diagonal and if so which way?
thinking it would be much easier doing these pieces, but
forgot the long seam between the two would have to be
pulled inline. Across the top, we had to 'V' in the
straight line as a slow curve may be more difficult once
putting on the flat plate. This presented its' own
problem as the lower part of the plate began to buckle
outwards. Once the lower part of the radius plate was
brought up and fit in, we were able to correct that
problem. After a couple of hours of pulling and pushing,
things looked up again! Incidentally, there seems to be
no further frame distortion, which is a relief.
A word of advice:
Don't use cheap clamps, no matter how good they look! Ours are all falling apart, about 3 a day, and have been a major inconvenience.
9 hours - Put on 5th radius plate