Progress Report: our hull is well underway! We started work on it back in March during our prototyping phase. The photo below shows a half-scale version, constructed with cardboard stations and household insulation. The half model was built to familiarize the team with an entire cycle of the build process. The prototype allowed us to test ideas and construction methods without having to put in large amounts of time or money (Neither of which we have large amounts of). Some novel ideas were tested to great success; such as using saran wrap as a mould release agent. The half-scale model also identified the number of stations that are needed to fully define the hull form, and gave us an idea of how much work is required to create a fair final product. The team also discovered the tricks and problems of working with foam; mainly with regards to how soft it is.
|Half-scale prototype – wrapped in saran wrap and ready for glass.|
|Adam Day and the "skeleton".|
|Skeleton puttied, loaded down with ducks.|
Once cured, the next step was filling the skeleton with foam. This took much longer than expected, more time than was needed on the half-scale model. Each piece had to be cut square and some sections had to be custom fitted to length. The final result looks a little rough around the edges but with some sanding should shape up nicely.
|Adam Day and Martha Hermann sizing up the foam.|
The team is aiming for an early launch, so expect more posts to follow as the hull emerges from the foam!
|Now... We Sand!|
** All photos taken by Emma Williams**