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Old 28-11-2020, 08:00 PM   #631
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This next panel is tricky because it's where the domed wing meets the flat top of the door post. There's a lot going on. I can't just bend it round because it all has to blend in together.
So it needs stretching to create the continuation of the compound curves. Back to the wheel!

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It all looked great until I had tacked the new panel in. The two parts have dipped in along the join.


If it was a smaller panel I'd put it back on the wheel and stretch it out. But that's now an option now it's all in one piece. So the only thing to do is to get the big hammers out!


The area was bumped out with the big mallet. Quite brutal really. You know, some people question the use of aluminium to make a body with, saying its too soft. Well I can tell you it's hard work bashing it out!
Obviously once it's been bashed about, there are loads of dents to smooth out, a gentle file over to highlight the low spots. Then I can see the areas to stretch up using a round Dollie underneath and the "Slapper". You have to put quite a bit of pressure with the dollie. To be honest, it's knackering!
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I started the smoothing (planishing) from the outside and worked inwards. I got about 2/3rds done but ran out of time.

I am actually considering moving the front bodywork forwards. The centre of the wheel should really be directly under the highest point of the wing.

What's do you guys think?

As it sit now


Moved forward about 40mm
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This next panel is a tricky one.....

Mate,
As far as I'm concerned they're ALL tricky!!!
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I started the smoothing (planishing) from the outside and worked inwards. I got about 2/3rds done but ran out of time.

I am actually considering moving the front bodywork forwards. The centre of the wheel should really be directly under the highest point of the wing.

What's do you guys think?

As it sit now


Moved forward about 40mm
comparing the two pics, it looks a little bit too far forward, IMHO
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