Finally, the framework of the '111's cockpit area is done. A bit rough at this stage but plenty of sanding, filing, filling, and swearing should get it acceptable!
I thought I'd taught myself a lesson many years ago building from a 1960's era plan. Whenever I needed to check something against a photo, thing didn't add up. They dont here either. I guess definitive, accurate measured drawings were uncommon and although not obvious in this case, a few of the many 'panes' are not exactly like the original. I'd not realised just how complex the structure was! Almost no glazed or closed pane is the same as another. Some are flat, some curved, some are arranged to suit the bomb-aimer, and some allow the pilot to see the runway clearly - but it's done and after much cleaning up will be good
I see why cut ply was used - any attempt to bend square stock results in the tensions distorting the frame. I tried. All the little joints are halved and when glued, seem very strong. I didn't even break anything - even after dropping it on the floor
About a third of the panels are solid, many panels are solid with small windows in them, while the rest are fully glazed. That something to look forward to