Front turtle deck

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The front turtle deck needs to match up to the canopy and front cowl. With the cowl mounted I placed a board against it traced the contour, cut it out and sanded until it fit well.

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Front former matched to cowl

Next I used a compass to mark a line 1/16″ from the ege.

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Mark line 1/16" in from edge

Then I sanded to that line, this makes room for the deck skin. The front former was then glued in place.

The RS-7 side supports were cut to length. I had to make a couple notches in them so they can be bent to match the contour of the fuselage. I used some scrap 1/16″ plywood to ensure all pieces were inset 1/16″.

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RS-7 side support

Next I cut out formers 1 and 1-A using the provided template as a reference.

A notch was cut in the front former and a bracket was made for f1 to hold the center stringer.

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Former F1 and stringer

I then used some poster board to make templates for the deck skin. This also helped make F2 properly. I used the same method of holding a board against the poster board and tracing the contour.

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Poster board template

F1-A was stapled to F1, F3 was clamped in place with some poster board spacers. The two RS-10 sides were cut to length then beveled to follow fuselage contour.

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Former F-3 spaced out a bit too make room to open/close canopy

Be sure to put wax paper under canopy sections so it’s not glued to the fuselage.

The basic frame is looking good so far.

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Front turtle deck and canopy frame
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