Next thing to do was the gun nest on the foredeck.
But allready there's a problem. Either the gun nest is too deep or the cutout for it is too shallow.
This means the fordeck can't sit correctly on the frame.
I first thought maybe the nest has to sit inside the hole in the foredeck but as you can see, it's way too big.
So now I have to decide if I'm going to trim the top off the nest or deepen the slot in the frame. The problem is, if I deepen the slot in the frame, it means the nest may end up being too deep for the gun. On the other hand, If I trim the top off the nest, it may end up being too shallow. This section is not shown anywhere on the diagrams so I had to take a gamble. I decided to deepen the cut in the frame. The reason being, if it does end up being too deep, I can just drop a disc of card in the bottom to raise the floor.
Next, the foredeck is fixed in place. A minor problem here is that there are no markings to show exactly how far forward it has to be fixed on the frame and no obvious keying in points. The only reference point is the pivot pin in the center of the gun nest, so I went off that.
And right after that came the aft deck. This butted up against one of the cross-beams so locating it was straight forward.
Build time so far = 11Hrs, 13 mins