Aussie Flying Saucer

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Top coat on. It's a pretty dull finish. I'm still very much learning with this spray painting business. I'm thinking it may have been a bit too hot and the paint has dried out of the gun. I've sanded it back with 400grit and am thinking I might put another coat down and probably some clear coats in the cool of the morning.

The good news is that it is on the bottom anyway.

Any tips?

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Sprayed another coat on the bottom. It's better, but not perfect. Given that it's on the bottom I decided to leave it as is. There are a few lessons to take out of it for the topsides. The boat is now flipped. I'm about 85 hours in, with about 20 of that spend sanding.

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Hi Folks,
Has been a while between updates, but the progress has been ongoing.
Dad built a trailer for me, which helped save some time. The axel needs to be shifted back a bit.
I've put some framing in for seats and decking as well as an outboard well. The decking has been cut out and will be done over the next few weeks.

I'm up to about 125hours now.

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She's coming along nicely, Mojo! Looks great!
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Hi Mojo,

Beautiful work on your Flying Saucer. I will be starting mine if and when the snow melts in Minnesota. I'm wondering about gussets? It looks like some people have gussets on both sides of the frame members and you have them in between as the plan shows. Your way and the plan way must be plenty strong or Glen-L would change it? Any ideas?

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Thanks Guys,
As for the gussets, it seems strong enough to me, but I'm yet to test the boat out on the high seas.
I imagine the modern glues are much better then what they had 60 years ago when it was all designed.

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Look's Great!! You'll have a lot of fun with that boat!!

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Flash,

I believe its largely a matter of preference on how to arrange the gussets. The Zip plans show both the variations you mentioned as options. From what I've read in Boatbuilding With Plywood, I believe the double-gusseted style is a little stronger. The lapped frame with single gussets is perhaps a simpler way to build the frame, and should have plenty of strength.

Some builders have also used half-lapped frames with no gussets at all.
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Thanks Barnacle,

It sounds like single gussets per plan would be sufficient. I'm not planning on Lake Superior for that little boat.

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Re: Aussie Flying Saucer

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Hey Folks,
Making progress, even found some time to sweep out the shed.
The deck is on and ready to be stained and epoxied. Steering wheel is in and so are the seats.

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looks great Mojo

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Very nice!!

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Congratulations Mojo, it's looking great!

Would you mind elaborating on how you mounted your angled dash beam? I'm wanting to do the same thing on my Zip.
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Hi Mike,
Sorry I only just saw your question.
I don't have any pics of the dash attached, but a couple of foot aft of the 5 1/2 frame. In this picture you can see I have timber planks that form the inside rim of the cockpit. These run from the transom to frame 5 1/2. at the ends of the dash I have a small block of 2"x1" that glue and screw to this timber plank. I'll also make up some 3/4" ply gussets that mount either side of the steering wheel behind the dash and attach to the underside of the deck. I'm not sure if I need these gussets, but I don't really want the steering wheel and dash ripping out whilst I'm driving along.

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Not sure if this above rambling is clear, if not I'll try and get some pictures.

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Stained the deck and have applied a couple of coats of epoxy. I think there is going to be a fair bit of work now in getting a nice glossy, smooth deck. Up to about 165 hours now.

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