April 03 2020 Friday at 11:40 AM

THE R NINE T BUILD DIARIES: ENTRY FIVE .

After countless hours of bending, measuring and welding the skeleton of the R nineT's new body is finished. From the tail to the tank, this puppy is about to get treated to some beguiling hand shaped bezier curves. But first, we'll take a step back and explain how this fabrication process all works. It's simple to explain but quite the opposite to execute - you start by creating the wire frame, the temporary skeleton which serves as the buck for the final profile. Once these dimensions have been defined we can start annealing the alloy and shaping the raw material over the wire frame, a long and labour intense process of roll, fit, adjust, roll, fit, adjust and repeat. Hand shaping aluminium is a highly skilled exercise and you don't want to get wrong, especially when shaping with large sheets over multiple curves. To make the object more manageable the tank is halved into two matching opposite panels. Then these panels get the life rolled and beaten out of them until then resemble half a tank. Precision is everything and the old adage measure three times cut once hangs thick in the air. A week into this part of the build and the tail section is starting to resemble the concept sketches and one half of the tank has a rough shape emerging from the flat sheet. Good things do indeed, take time. Stay tuned...