So she looked like that a few months ago, and was ready for the bin.
After speaking to Mark Kettle a bit over some PSSA meets, I decided to strip the formers out the middle, and just use 4 longerons (one in each corner) to push a foam "box" up against. This could then be hot wired and sanded to shape.
Like this :
Then some rough shaping :
Tail on, in the house! OK, she's still big then. Oh, and you can see some more fuselage shaping :
So my worries of the fuselage have pretty much gone away (until I get to the nose section), so I started to work on the wings again. I was going to use the first panel as a test, but I think it's tidied up quite well and so will use it on the final model :
That's the wing LE and TE being shaped...with a power planer! They are quite hard 3/4" x 1/2" spruce, so take some work to get right.
This is why I was going to scrap this wing - you can see ripples in the veneer. This is how the sheets were supplied, and I should have rejected them and got them sent back straight away, but I thought I could get rid of the problems in the press as the veneer went on. I was wrong. I have locally re-glued under the bubbles, and am blending it here with lightweight filler. The spar box and also full-depth ply shear web are now in on this shot too.
So back to to the tail - I re-veneered a part of this in balsa (yes a bit of a mish-mash, but it'll work fine) and set out the servo positions for the rudders.
I have used some 1/4" square balsa on the edges of the fin for a hinge shroud.
Will it be finished this year? Not sure, but I hope it would be ready for the last meet this year.