48528Re: Birdwatcher II
- Mar 4, 2006--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dnjost" <davidjost@...> wrote:
> Ok -
> It does include a commentary that outlines the thought process behind
> the design and what it hopes to accomplish. a well detailed building
> key. and 5 sheets of blueprints in both metric and
> Dodecametric/fractional system (feet/inches/eighths) ;-)
When I receieved my BW2 plans,I found it very helpful to go through
the key and refer to the plans sheets at the same time, several times
over before doing anything. Since there is no "building sequence" per
se, I thought I'd offer my 2 cents on what worked and what I'd do
differently "next time".
I laid out my side panels with butt blocks and installed all interior
framing while flat on the floor. I then flipped the panels and
preglassed using Garth Batista's technique(see Jim Michalak's web
page, back issues) of rolling a plasitc film on top of the wet
epoxy/glass.He used Mylar and got an almost mirror finish. I used
sheet plastic and got a very smooth surface that reduced my fairing to
almost nothing. If you're using top quality materials, like Bob Larkin
is, you may want to skip the exterior glass on the topsides.I used ACX
ply. These things worked well.
I also pre-cut the motor cut-out on the starboard side while the
panels were flat.Seemed like a good idea at the time. This resulted in
an unfair bend in that area when the sides were sprung around the
frames. It took some wrestling to correct, and I'd wait until the hull
is together and perhaps the deck is on before cutting it out "next time".
After the sides were on the frames I laminated the sheer clamps and
chine logs. I cut my chine logs flush with the inner stem and stern
posts, before I added the exterior stem and stern caps. Because of
aesthetics and perhaps strength, I'd let the chine logs flow into the
exterior pieces "next time", like Bob Larkin did.
The plans are vague about the sheer clamp/window transition to the aft
deck, but Bob seems to have figured it out quite nicely. I'm not that
Finally, if I were to do it again I would take Bruce's advice and
build a model first.........like Bob did!
Bottom line, build like Bob Larkin. He's thoughtful and meticulous in
building, and generous and kind with advice.
My pics are in bolger4photos.
Best wishes in your building adventure,
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