The Fishicist--A Build of an FB11

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The Fishicist--A Build of an FB11

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So here goes--my build of an FB11. Got some 6mm Okoume locally, the epoxy arrived, and I have been laying out and joining panels. I have had some trouble with slow set epoxy catching cold, but found a solution. I think I will spring for some fast set hardener. A fuller ongoing account is at the URL below in my sig.

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It should cure.
How much did you mix?
Very small batches are difficult to measure accurately.
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I made 6 ounces the first time around, took some care with the measurement. I have dealt with that problem before in wrapping fishing rods. There it's a matter of small quantity and accurate mix requirement. The joint set up fine once I got the temperature up by putting an enclosure over it with a couple of light bulbs lit inside.
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I have ordered a jug of fast set hardener. If I mix it with the slow, does the set time scale between fast and slow with the proportions?
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I have made considerable progress since last week. Parts cut out and stitched together. It took a bit of wrassling to get it well shaped up. Getting the bow right was the worst of it. At this point I have a 1/2" difference in my diagonals. Not sure whether I should try for any better.

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Post by sds »

Thanks for posting. Don't recall an FB11 build on the board, at least since I've been reading.

I like the "ugly gaps" photos -- most builders don't seem to post those shots. It looks like you have the lines pretty well straitened out now.

Keep up the good work.

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I have made more progress. Got the panels tack welded together and learned why I don't want duct tape anywhere near this project.
http://mmcgr.users.sonic.net/FB11/Tacking.html

The it was on to do the inside seams. I had a misadventure with epoxy putty going nuclear in a caulking tube. It all came good in the end, but it made for a long day.
http://mmcgr.users.sonic.net/FB11/InsideSeams.html


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Looking good.
I wonder if it isn't a certain brand of duct tape that does that. My CC and D15 both had duct tape applied and it worked fine, like your masking tape, but the duct tape I used on my V10 did the same thing as yours did. :doh:
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I use 3M duct tape and never have any trouble with it. It is a silver/gray color.
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Just checked. My current roll is Nashua tape.
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Post by Mike McGuire »

Got the outside done today. Chines rounded, hickeys in the outside of the fillets fixed, some ugliness at the bow sanded out and the chines glassed. Spouse is not enchanted by sound of sander and shop vac running for long periods.
http://mmcgr.users.sonic.net/FB11/OutsideSeams.html

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