LCT Hull Construction Page 2

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Updated 3rd December 2005

LTC bow assembly.

The bow area is quite complex and the various parts need carefully trimming to make sure they fit together without having to be forced. Some filler has been applied to the safety door recesses where the laminations showed. These patches of filler were smoothed down with a small file before the outer solid panels were glued into place.

Bow assembly continues...

Blank panels and the final forward frames fitted and glued into place, as well as the diagonal corner pieces on the aft end of the bows. Now is a good time to check that all the main frame joints are solid. Brushing your fingers over the edges of the frames will quickly locate any joints that are not yet glued. They will make a different sound to the joints that are firm. Use thick cyanoacrylate glue applied with a piece of scrap plastic sheet, as this will bridge across any gaps between the frames. Make sure the glue sets before doing any more work in this area.

Abrasive paper used to smooth the tops of the frames, so the deck will fit correctly.

Once all the joints are glued and firm, the edges of the frames under the decks can be carefully sanded so they are level. This must be done gently, so as not to break any of the frame joints. This will make a lot of noise, a bit like dragging your finger nails down a school blackboard! If your cutting and assembly has been accurate up to this point, you should not have to do much sanding now. Repeat this for the foredeck areas either side of the loading ramp.

Main and bow decks glued into place.

The decks can now be carefully cut out and glued into place. I used liquid polystyrene glue to tack the assembly together so I could easily move the parts into their correct locations, then cyanoacrylate glue to make all the joints firm. It is important to make sure the hull stays level during this procedure, any distortion ‘built in’ at this point would be impossible to correct later on. When the glue is firm, any gaps between the decks and the rest of the hull structure can be filled and smoothed. The small hole drilled in the main deck is the centre location for the funnel. The same techniques will be used to fit the hull bottom plates and the decks beside the tank deck.