I am not into fillers either - I usually bend my planks before attaching. The BH's are well close knit spaced that I think it is not necessary.
It is unfortunate, that the keel is already starting to show signs (from looking down onto the frame) of a slight 'bow'. Not a twist, but the frame wants to make this subtle turn off to one side. There are several strips of Gun Port Framing that when installed should "pull" that back in straight.This is my fault for not dry fitting every single bulkhead before gluing up.
Popeye, when you asked about the laser cutting, my first impression was the "parts" looked very well cut out
(the pattern that is). However, I realize that the cut vertically has about a 5° or less offset. I do not know anything about laser cutting devices
and what robotic pattern they make as they "travel" around cutting the part out. I do not know if the laser "head" adjust itself while it is making cuts. So therefore, I can not make any judgements or substantial criticisms.....and I won't, because, I will be the one that winds up making a fool out of myself.
i do not want my observation and opinion discourage anyone from buying this Model as what i have seen, it is really a very nice kit so far and it will make a great model in the end. i STILL say that this is an excellent starter for those wanting to venture off into their first Bulkhead kit.
Here is a graphic I put together trying to demonstrate. It is what it is just based on my observation. I am not being critical of M.E. b/c I do not have any other facts to back up - I am just saying this is what I see and it may not be on all Bulkheads, but what I am saying is that I should have dry fitted all the parts before gluing up. i know, the instructions said to dry fit, but that is a common thing that folks do (except for me being an idiot). Oh, the instructions are very good, large manual that would not leave anyone guessing. Very comprehensive and well written !!!
[a side bar here: I have had so much going on in my life lately, when I sit down to any model or anything, it is a amazing that I can do anything right these days. My Mom has had multiple surgery on eye - taking her back/forth to docs, and things going on in my personal life. I don't know the bow from stern anymore.]
I think we all realize that any ship we buy has to have some adjustments to it. I feel like I am going backwards instead of forwards with this building process. Maybe I should resort to saying I am an amateur again