Well, today was all about the floor. It's not the most exciting part, however hitting the middle of the tubes is the part of the build I've not been looking forward to.
For the straight pipes, I judged the opposite ends by eye (...checked, checked, checked again!), drilled, checked and then drew a line between the two points to mark the other drill points. This worked well, with all subsequent holes central. The centre pipe along the length of the car required careful measurement.
To find and mark the middle of the side tubes, I crafted the highly technical tool pictured above!
All holes drilled so could do the final trim of floor.
I feel your pain with the cold I was in the garage last night and it was -3 And dropping.
Hopefully I too wont be too far behind as my kit is almost here, not looking forward to riveting the floor as it most likely result in me breaking out into a sweat as it is likely to be around mid summer and 25 deg C when I do it.
Do I miss the British winter? Oh no ;D
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming .... WOW what a ride.”
Looking good! Whilst you have it upside down consider if you want to have a floor for the front of the rocket (which has been shown to help cooling) as its much easier to do now then when its back the right way up and you suddenly remember!
Thanks Mark. Your detailed build was very instrumental in helping me decide to take the plunge (as well as seeing leicesterkev's build at RTR). I hope I come close to what you guys and others have achieved.
The rust dip (and elbow grease!) worked well. Just a few bits of flash rust needed cleaning before going to work with the hammerite.
So far so good. Will do one more top coat for good measure.
The additional piece of aluminium has arrived, so I can now do the floor at the front. Also received a boat load of nuts, bolts, washers etc... so hope to make a fair bit of progress in the coming days.