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A Primer on Planking by David Antscherl

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Steve... here it is:  http://modelshipworl...d-downloads.php


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You can go the pretty way rather than direct by going to the top of this page where in the header to the right of "NRG's MODEL SHIP WORLD" you will see "The Nautical Research Guild Home Page". Clicking on that brings up a page with "The Nautical Research Guild" in the title line. Just below the title three quarters of the way across you will find "Ship Modeling Resources". Click on that and you will get another NRG page. Below the titles are four rectangular boxes with red borders each containing a picture. The top left one has a photo of a partially made ship's stem and some tools. Below this picture is "Ship Modeling Database of articles". Click on that and you have arrived. The advantage of going the long way around is that you will see plenty of links to some very interesting stuff on the way. :)

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          After destroying my latest kit (HMS Supply)by trying to plank my first Caldercraft kit i got around to reading the article by David Antscherl on simple planking of model boat  hull/s.

Well i found it very informative and i realized if i had took the time to read it prior to attacking the kit as i did i could have saved myself the cost of purchasing a replacement kit.

i thought it was a very good article and i now realize it is not just a matter of just sticking strips of wood to the hull in just any old way,my thanks to David.

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Obviously I'm years late to the party, but thanks so much for this article. I've only built on ship, the Swift, and although I learned a lot, this primer shows the solutions to many of the key problems that evaded me. Thanks for all your hard work - not just the advice but the excellent presentation.

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