SERENITY - Nov 22 2005

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More and more carving of the recess area was needed to get my new frame in

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More trimming of frame to get rid of excess

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Slowly it fits in. I tack a few spots and triple check the alignment. So far everything looks OK

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A few more glue spots and I leave it to check tomorrow to make sure thing still look OK before I glue it all in

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Back to the rear wing thing

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References show the sides are curved

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So I start chopping and filing

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And soon it id curved at the edges

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Now to add the raised strip at the front

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And open up the 3 holes

So I am wondering how much this model has cost me so far. Well material wise there is not much in there. The styrene sheets I already had in stock so I would estimate the value as around $20. The small putty tin and extra hardener I got was maybe another $20. I found my bigger tin I bought a long time ago.

For the moulds I have so far bought around $80 for 2 containers. I bought resin and different RTV rubber which was over $200.

Tools I already had so I donít really have to add those costs. So the material cost so far is around $320

Now if we add labour. I would estimate that I have so far spend over 175 hours on the model. If I was working for a piddly $5 and hour that is still $875

Change that to $20 hour and it balloons to $3500. Imagine if I was a consultant charging a low rate of $70/hr and it would be $12 250.

It is mind boggling to say the least.