Don't know if some of you are like me but when I read a thread of the airplane I am interested in, have you ever noticed that some of the parts you are most interested in are not talked about or the pictures are not clear or focused enough to get a good perspective of the item of your interest?
Well I challenge you to go to a Ziroli P-51 build thread and see if any of them speak of the building board in detail.
I couldn't find any. If any of you have a link or pictures, they are welcome here. This is my way and there are many other ways to get a board built so you don't build in a twist or have an airframe that looks like a banana.
I purchased a shelf board from home depot that is 72 inches long and about 12 inches wide. Cost is about 14 bucks. Then I bought a pine "anchor" board about 10 foot long and it cost about 8 bucks. I cut 4 pieces of the anchor board to about 11-1/2 inches and then I take a square and draw a line where my first former is going to be and drill 2 pilot holes and then screw it down to the board. then I find center and draw a line from the anchor to the vertical piece of maple about 1/4 inch thick and costs 4 bucks I buy 2 of those.
Once all the anchors are fit to the board and checked to ensure they are square you can start adding formers and stringers. I use clamps to attach the formers to the maple. once all the formers are in place I use another piece of maple and lay it across the main stringer/longeron and use bubble levels to get the fuselage square to the world both up and down and left to right.
Also bear in mind, the anchor blocks although square to the building board, when the fuselage is placed onto the vertical maple uprights the centerline of the formers more than likely will not be square to the board. That is fine as long as the bubble levels are center bubble the fuse will be straight.
again there are many ways to achieve this and this is just my way. I hope the pictures tell the story better than I can writing this.
Last edited by willig10; 03-01-2017 at 01:13 PM.