Week 35 This week we get the first batch of second planking and a replacement resin stern moulding.
The bits we received
And what we did with them
The first plank needs lining up carefully with the step in the hull. I also found that this first plank seemed to need a lot of clamps to hold it flat. It was only the top row that needed the extra clamps. The subsequent rows only needed clamping at the frames.
The rest on the planks are quite straight forward. Here is the steps I use to fix each plank in place.
Trim the rough ends off the planks. Only trim the bare minimum
as the planks are only just long enough.
Here is the first four planks completed.
Here is a close up of the bow.
The resin stern piece part 70 can wait until the second planking is completed.
The resin stern piece is not quite the right size or square. The angle that should be square is too sharp, and the part is too long. However, by sanding the acute angle square, the part seems to come back to the right size. Here is a sketch of what I mean, looking at it sideways. The green part is what has been sanded off.
Now that the second planking is completed at the stern I've glued the resin part in place. I used the more accurate part supplied in issue 35. As you can see, the part is the right length now, but a bit high. Not to worry, sandpaper and/or filler will sort out that misalignment. The part is also too wide, although it doesn't show in the photo. Again, sandpaper will sort this out. This was glued on with slow setting Araldite.
Things not yet done
Fitting the fore deck
Stern deck part 63 not fitted.
Fitting resin stern part 70
Hot tip of the week
Dry fit each plank carefully to ensure a good fit.
How many hours does it take to build the model ??
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