Yes, I’ve joined the Footie group. Although I haven’t posted anything. (But I’m amazed at the number of photos and designs!!)
Yes, I have the templates Sven made, and will be incorporating them, at least just to build & align the hull. I’ll probably make the center one, to ensure the hull stays ‘apart’ so I can easily work on it, without it constantly trying to close up on me! And the few spreaders constantly popping out, and cracking the thin balsa! The center frame would also serve as an anchor point for the fin & mast step… At least, that’s idea!
[insert gripe about Windows’ ‘printing wizard’ & JPGS & BMPs; that the wizard would like to resize it to fit whatever size windows feels it should be resized to… Do you want that template in 15x wallet size?!]
Yeah, balsa is cheap enough, that I’m probably gonna build another hull…
Yes, I used lots of tape. It all looked good, but the insistence that it [the hull] try to close up upon itself probably lead to the slight twist… Removing said tape after gluing (CA) was a very gingerly procedure!! I feel I should give it a layer of 1/2oz glass cloth, to seal it, and give it some extra strength…
It’ll be just a ‘day sailer’ as I don’t know of / doubt there’s a fleet in Montreal… Actually, haven’t heard too much about ‘R/C sailing’ in Montreal, but will be looking once the river un-freezes!
And yes, from my plane days, I know all about Windex (or any other ‘ammonia’ based cleaner) to bend wood. Boiling water / soaking it for a few minutes also works.
It’s been slow, but fun. Definitely not as simple as one would expect!
Oh, the Papaya is going along quite well… Much easier, but then again, its really just a box compared to the razor!