Sub culture wrote:How about if you placed a small 'wheel' on the bottom of each teck rack bulkhead, and then epoxy into the bottom of the hull a strp of aluminium for the wheels to run against?
That is a cool idea to incorporate a slide rail, but the entire Tech Rack is epoxied into the tail cone. You then need to slide the Tech Rack/tail cone assembly into the forward hull....then when the hull halves meet up, you need to "twist" the assemblies to lock the bayonet into place. You need to keep the hull free of anything that would prevent you from locking the bayonet, so a guide rail won't work in this application.
I think I read in the Engel instructions (or maybe Frank Ryan told me) the best way to join the halves is to stand the nose of the hull on the floor, hull straight up & vertical, then slide the tech Rack down into it...letting gravity work with you.
As Wheeler pointed out, you want those bulkheads to slide into the hull without fussing...as the assembly is heavy & you do not want to fight with it. Of course, you can also join the halves sitting horizontally on a tabletop also.
Most important is to trim the bulkheads so they slide over the bayonet without hanging up before you assemble them! I did not do that till after I assembled my rack....was a PITA to trim it afterwards! I ended up disassembling portions of the rack to do so.
This is a wonderful kit...really priced right in my opinion, although the Euro vs dollar is worse know than when I purchased mine 2 years ago.
I put mine aside to finish my SN GW kit & BD RCABS WTC... I am ready to continue it this winter!