Got a little more done today, most of the time went to dry fitting again. I glued the radio shelf support leg and set aside to dry. The instructions again are a bit vague on placement (the support butts up against a small tab on the side of the shelf), but the gist is that the support should be square to the shelf, and then you glue it where everything sits properly. I'll paint everything up first, then attach.
Continued with the framing on the right side. It went fairly quickly. The bottom strip was the only tricky one. You need to make sure it sits flush with the floor.
I glued the hood support frame in place, it needed a 20 thou shim to the fire wall top, and started dry fitting things.
Hmm.....fiddle fiddle. There is a wee problem with the right side of the hull/firewall/hood frame alignment and leaves a noticeable gap. This won't be a problem if you don't have an open rear or left door
I dry fit the roof and windshield frame and the good news is that all the rest of the stuff seems to align well enough to each other after some prodding, stretching, shaving and sanding.
You can see that if you squeeze the firewall join shut, the hood will sit proud. Bending back the upper corner of the hull side helped a bit, but not enough to make sanding an attractive option. The hood has bullet splashes that makes this a no go. The hood and windshield frame fit when all else is cajoled into place (except the fire wall of course), so the best option here is to cut the hood frame at the dashboard, this will give you more play for the right side frame. A shim strip will need to be glued to the right side of the firewall in any event. Dry fit until you're satisfied that everything will sit as best as it can before you start sanding and gluing strips. If you glue the sides to the floor first, this problem may not be as noticeable. Then again, it might create another set of problems. Ever the optimist, that's me.
In a case of unexpected bonuses, the roof fits easier with the added frame strips. You will need to trim the roof cross braces to clear the frames. If you don't add frames, a little sanding will probably be needed as well.
So, to sum up: dry fit absolutely everything. All these beveled parts means something will be out of whack somewhere. Tape the pieces together, figure out what is out of line, and fix one issue at a time. When you do get around to gluing, glue one area at a time, let the glue set and carry on to the next section. You will invite disaster and much putty if you try to rush the hull joins.
I'll try to tackle the firewall and dashboard tomorrow.