To get good running you need the chassis to be as near to square as possible.
This includes fettling each individual part where needed. Here we see the two
solebars, not exactly what you need !
As far as I could ascertain 'by eye' the floor and chassis framework was not far out
These parts were joined on glass, under the pressure from a 4 pack of baked bean cans.
Strange the things that get used as tools !!
Right, how to straighten bent solebars and step boarding ? A rather basic tool in the
form of a stainless steel ruler, clips and hot water. Here a solebar - that badly bent one
in the washing-up bowl ready to pour boiling water.
After the heat, in fact before it had got cooler than comfortable for fingers, I took and
placed in the freezer. The result was an almost straight piece of plastic !
I decide that I could be economical in the use of boiling water by using a casserole tray.
Here we have the side step boards.
With as accurate a fit as I could get I joined the cabin sides and verandah ends. They suggest
building in the cabin door ends as this is done, but it's easy to slide in later while I decide if
I try adding windows from sheet material, or use glazing compound
In that last picture those cabin ends are just propped in place.
O.K a few decisions, do I add wire grab rails, or leave the raised detail to be touched in with
some white paint later ? On the last build I just added the four horizontal grab rails at the ends
made from bent dressmaking pins.
Some thinking needed ?