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  • #2340

    RCRICH
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    #2341

    RCRICH
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    The top of the camper and the hatch have holes for stiches but the manual says nothing about using them. Did you guys use them?

    Thanks

    #2343

    crcurler
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    Hi RCICH

    Great timing, I was about to start the glueing process on my hatch.

     

    I read through the the book and there was no indication that the authors stitched the hatch in place. However, I plan on stitching the corners in place (two on each side). When I was lining this up I had to drill holes in both the hatch and through the trailer -> the holes did not align well.

     

    Just my 2 cents, and I’m off to do it. I will let you know how it goes once it is cured (will be this weekend).

     

    Best wishes for your build,

    joe

    #2344

    crcurler
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    Hi – as a quick follow up. I drilled the holes but I did not end up stitching it in place. I just placed weights on top. This way it the glue would be under the Ender before placing, and it covered the holes (wires would not be removable so I skipped it.

    #2351

    ArtisticAdam
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    I believe those holes were from a much earlier step when you stitched the #1 & #2 panels to the intercostal mold framework (page 45 of the manual).

    #2352

    RCRICH
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    On my kit i  have holes in the hatch that line up with the top of the camper.

    I might have to use them as it seems the hole in the camper is cut perfect but it seems a little large.

    #2353

    RCRICH
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    #2354

    cureboy
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    I stitched. Easier to align the pieces. If you want to remove the wires, just use a torch to warm them , they will easely removable.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  cureboy.
    #2360

    ButchFNJ
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    I also have the holes in place to stitch the top hatch and plan to use them since the cut out is almost exactly as big as the hatch itself making it almost impossible to line up with the 1/4 of an inch of overlap all around! I wish I had dry fitted it to the hole before I filleted it and glassed the inside:( They make it look like you have plenty of play in the book!!Hatch bezel

    #2386

    CWStevens
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    I had better results with a low wattage solder iron (pencil).  No charring on the surrounding wood, and the heated wire was easily removed with a pair of needle nose pliers.

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