Monday, May 25, 2009

The Jig is Up!

I wanted to recreate the holes which criss cross and cover the flight deck just as I did with the hangar deck back in October 2008. These holes have a cross in them and are used to attach aircraft and equipment securely to the deck.

I used Adobe Photoshop and printed out a template with the criss cross pattern on a transparent sheet of paper used to print labels. Whats nice is that the paper has a low tack so it is easy to remove afterwords. I decided to use this system for following reasons:
  • The jig system worked well for a straight linear part line a hangar deck but not for a Y deck of a carrier.
  • The carrier deck has details that I do not want to drill into which I cannot see properly with a jig.
  • The alignment of the jig as it was being displaced on the deck to drill a new set of holes was difficult and not precise.
I have worked for about 40+ minutes so far with the new system and the alignment is excellent. Unfortunetly I estimate that I will have several hours of drilling before all is complete.