Here’s some more insight into how I constructed Bubbles’ body.
For the most part it was a process of wood-gluing the veneers to the skeleton and “pinning” them into place with nails. This helped keep them in place as they dried, for the most part. Occasionally they would still come apart from the skeleton after waiting the 20 minute suggested drying time. As a result, I started incorporating clamps into my process.
This helped solve some of my problems, but the process was generally tedious and often frustrating.
This is what the final product looked like. After going through this process, I would have liked to do more research into construction methods of similar shapes, especially boats. Also, I believe that a lot of my issues could have been solved by using a material other than wood, perhaps plastic or fiber glass.