Evening all, always had a fascination with aviation as a child and in fact learnt to fly before I could drive. Belly tanks or Lakesters as they are correctly classed as, have always been a vehicle I lusted after but, you can't buy one, so had to build one. Now I am no mechanic and my knowledge is limited but thanks to a small group of friends we managed to pull it off.
Before we started I decided after much research (sat on arse in front of pc for months) on a few basic rules of the build, British sourced parts, built to look like a belly tank and not built to spec, so not going to Bonneville with this one. And built in the 'spirit of the days' using what is to hand.
So armed with this picture I started.
Started body on lounge table.
Eventually had to move to lockup and started with the body butter(filler)
About 18 tins in total.
Then covered in gel coat.
Glassed over waited a few days and we had a mould.
Making off the first body.
Popped out and sat on top of mould.
Trimmed up the flange a bit and laid up another.
Brought the most expensive set of tyres ever, on London taxi wheels.
Sourced front and rear axles, both Sherpa. And moved all back to my lockup.
Had a quick mockup before moving it all to Nick Conner at NC Engineering. It took me over a year to get to this stage, an actual Belly tank and some wheels.