Hi, First of all I bought a Chesapeake 17 kit from the Australian distributor and I have a few questions.
1, the puzzle joints did not fit together at all, some areas were much to big and other areas had quite large gaps (1/16 to 3/32) after 4 hours of sanding the excess off the larger puzzles the joins fit but the ones with gaps are still there. I wanted to do a bright finish but I'm worried that the joins will stand out with such large epoxy fills, any recomendations?
2, the panels didnt line up as I hoped they would so I drew out the offsets? from the plans on my table so I could make sure the panels were glued together in the right shape but I found that the panels didnt match the dimensions given in the plans, some stations were out by up to 1/8 to high when the next station is 1/8 to low, so my question is will the panels stitch together ok or will it be a big unfair mess.
3, am I better off drawing up and cutting new panels or will the panels I have be ok to use?
I'd just like to say the CLC part of the kit (plans manuals etc) is absolutely great I'm just a little dissapointed with the quality of the Australian supplied parts, ANY advice would be much appreciated