Originally Posted by PeteSchug
Here's a close-up showing the slight unevenness of the fuse bottom...
I'm betting that this is an artifact of the photograph, and that the actual transition between forward fuselage is smooth. Dick did incorporate a cusped transition between forward and aft fuselage sections on the HP-10 and several similar subsequent designs, but I think that the HP-7 and HP-8 have a smooth transition at this point.
But a photo from the NSM could easily prove me wrong on this.
Thanks, Bob K.