I haven't posted anything for awhile as my house is up for sale and I have encountered several interruptions. In addition, this thread is really not as interesting as most of the others appearing in this catagory. My intent, however, is to illuminate some of the pitfalls and problems a novice kit builder such as myself may encounter as I go along. Maybe it will help someone else such as myself.
I finished building the tray and set it aside, and have moved on to step #2. It would seem logical to gather all the parts for this step, ID them, and set them together in a separate pile. The instruction manual does indeed identify them by part #, name, dimensions, and number of parts. At the same time, the plan sheet lists the part by number and shows it in the exploded view in the plan step. The part is also identified on the plan sheet showing all the different parts........usually.
As I said, I have begun step #2 and my first thought was to locate, ID, and gather all the parts listed. That was working fine until I got to parts 2.7 Spacer strip, and 2.8 Spacer. I could not find them! They were shown on the step plan sheet, but not on the parts plan sheet nor could I indentify them in the plastic bag of parts for this step. I sent a PM to "Stringfly" asking for help in which he replied, but because I had not told him I had not read the step "narrative" his answer was only partially helpful. Not his fault. When I did read the step narrative, I found that these two parts were made up from leftover parts from the previous step and from parts being used in this step. The point here is that even if you read all the instructions before you begin the build (which I did), read each step again before you begin assembly.
I have run into another problem on this step. The Keel Strip, Part 2.4 does not extend past the Hull Center Sections at the beveled end as far as the plans appear to show. The Keel Strip is aligned on the Hull Center Section using the front hole as a guide. The front hole placement was pre-marked on the Keel Strip so drilling it in the wrong place would be difficult. The hull sections are cut correctly, again incorrectly cutting them would be difficult. Does anyone have any comments?
Other than I should have photos, which I intend to provide but am not able right now, does anyone have comments regarding this thread? Am I too verbose, am I providing any information worthwhile, is it worth the effort to read? Please let me know. Thank you.
Time is a patient predator.