The book contains offset tables which provide
enough information to draw each of the forms
on graph paper. As the offsets
are in inches, I bought some Imperial graph
paper, be aware that most graph paper now
sold in Ireland is metric !!
Initially, I was a little worried about the
magic art of converting all these numbers
into shapes, but I followed the instructions
in the book and it all worked out well.
The book makes this quite easy as it explains
the procedure very well.
I used wallpaper paste ( as a cheaper alternative to spray glue ) to stick the forms onto the MDF. It worked perfectly. When dry, I cut the shapes out roughly with a jig-saw then cleaned up the edges with a plane/rasp/file etc. You could use chipboard or plywood instead of MDF. The edges of the forms are then covered in tape to prevent the strips sticking to them. This is a must !! Another must is a good quality respirator when sawing the MDF. Next time I will cut the forms outdoors as the entire garage was covered in a very fine dust after all the sawing.
Three of the forms are missing their tops, to make things easier when working on the cockpit area. The offsets for the tops are not in the book. I did get the offsets from Nicks site to make break-away tops for these forms but I found that the offsets did not match for two of the forms. After some head-scratching, I got some help from Kent on the bulletin board but in the long run I needn't have worried as I didn't need the extra tops anyway.
It was amazing to see how dry mathematical
numbers could be translated into lovely