- 30 Apr 2021
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- New Zealand
Here another P.38 doing the teak oil curing thing. Wife is not altogether enamoured with it sitting on her lounge table for the next few days but its just too cold in the workshop for the oil to do anything.
Have built a few of these over the last few months as orders just keep dribbling in so I am somewhat 'over' this model, particularly as I find the twin tails and wing components difficult to assemble with regard to correct alignment. So I built a jig to make things easier in the future which pretty much guarantees this will be the last Lightning I get to build. Ever.
On the plus side, building lots of the same thing provides a handy reference and looking at past photos I think this latest P.38 is a bit better than the first one so thats encouraging. And also learning things. One of the difficulties in attaching wings to fuselages is that fuselages are curved fore and aft and also top to bottom. So I discovered putting the wing to the fuselage, drawing around it with a pencil and then using a chisel to scrape off the top to bottom curve simplifies things greatly as there becomes only one curve to deal with. You're all allowed to laugh and say gee whizz, everybody knows that. Well I didn't.