Hi all, I'm building a crackerbox from the jerry dunlap plans and i thought I'd post my build here and get tips as i go.
I'm new here so be nice!
And PLEASE give me advice as i go - especially with the 'next step' as you see it coming. I'm a beginner here so no offence will be taken unless you're super rude about it.
Started off with the plans from http://www.mariosrcmodels.com/crackerbox.htm
The plans are alright, not much description to go with them unfortunately. In hindsight, i should have gone with the a kit from zippkits!
Here's what i've got so far. Lots of cut out bits on 3mm ply bought from bunnings:
Here's the nosepiece, with the 2 doublers on each side (4 doublers total) making it 15mm wide. Hopefully stiff enough to handle a pocket bike engine.
And here i'm holding the keel (left piece of timber) which is 5 pieces of ply glued together.
Ok now i've got some more progress:
Here you can see how i've sandwiched the 5 front keels together. To get them smooth, i had to run it carefully through the table saw. You can see a bit where i sawed a bit too much off.
Had to use the plans to line up the front and rear keels correctly:
Heres the 'scab' gluing the front and rear keels together. Note i'm using PVA glue for now. Plan to later encapsulate the whole lot in paint to avoid water ruining the glue.
And some precariously balanced weights adding pressure to the glue as it dries.
Now i'm gluing the bulkheads into position:
This is how i'm holding the keel vertically, a nice thick chunk of wood is very useful for this:
This is the back (6th) bulkhead. It is made of two pieces of ply.
4th and 5th bulkhead.