With the front of the starboard UC pod being finished, it's time to look at the rear of the same. These blend in much more sharply than the front, but unfortunately have to bridge the fuselage split line. Not ideal, but it may give me a hard point for launching, as the CofG should be right back here.
Firstly, bandsaw out a profile from 1" thick balsa block, attach to the fuselage, then glue on stringers to create a bird cage :
Secondly, start planking one side up to the top, then around to the other side :
Close to closing up, just the extra thick cross-gran balsa to attach here, that forms the on-ground running surface :
First section all planked in and dry :