At this stage it was apparent that both the hull sides were slightly bowed and so after marking the positions of the underside components it was time to straighten the hulls in boiling water. With the hull parts straightened, assembly began. The fit of the deck was now much better, but there was a slight gap at each side of the stern which was bridged using 15 thou plastic card. Some filler was also needed on the hull to deck join. At the front the fit of hull to deck was good at both sides although the etched part 28 which should fit across the front of the hull turned out to be too short, but was easily re-made in 10 thou styrene.
Attaching the spray strips on the hull chines came next. I was dreading this particular job as the resin strips looked incredibly fragile and I was certain that breakages would result. However, I plan for this to be a waterline model and although very little of the hulls is immersed in the water due to the hovercraft configuration only a small part of the spray strip is just visible at the bow underway and the bow wave partially obscures it. Actually careful work with a new scalpel blade meant that detaching the strips was not as traumatic as I feared, although they did break. Phew!