Pic 26: The top rails are now on, giving the hull a much more finished look. Rather than simply stick them on straight, I steamed them to match the curvature of the hull. It's not possible to get much of a curve when steaming in the flat plane but at least it gets the artificial straightness off. The front grating is hanging out to dry, the metal casting having been painted black.
Enhancement: As for the gunwales in Pic 25, I also planked the inside of the transom to cover up the plywood, but only the central part, stopping where the quarter galleries will fit later.