the 1/8 motor mount ply pieces were assembled with the M piece to the front as against to the rear as shown on the plan, this was to assist in spacing the motor forward a bit further the motor was mounted with a couple of small washers underneath the the top, and LHS of the X mount to give the left and down thrust required after making sure that the spinner backplate would be centered with the fuselage. the ESC will be mounted under the battery tray.
the motor and mount were fitted, the outer sleeve of the elevator control was routed through its anchor in the servo bay and the fuse halves were finally joined together permantly. when the fuse joint is dry i can begin shaping the front end and top of the cowl, i will also run the 1/8 balsa strip down the horizontal longerons, and vertical longerons, also any gaps in the sheeting will be filled with scrap balsa before final sanding.
BTW Peter, my mistake about the IP strut lengths, i was misreading the plan