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About usedtosail

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    Enjoying semi-retirement
  • Birthday 04/27/1955

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    Eastern shore of Newfound Lake, NH

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  1. She is beautiful Dave. Try to keep the dust off her though.
  2. As promised here are the photos of the drop planks in place. (I have another photo but it doesn't want to upload). You can see I will be adding another drop plank at the top planks. You can also see a spot where the clamps I used forced a plank to bend in too far. I will add some filler there to fix it after the initial sanding of the first planking layer. Here I have soaked the next top plank and clamped it to the frames. I am using a keel clamp to hold the hull when it is right side up. I still have to put in the drop planks at the top and I also have to make and add two spieled planks at the bow, as a single plank all the way across at the very top can't be bent enough to fit right.
  3. Nice save on that tire. This is a beautiful job you have done.
  4. Thanks Fernando and for the likes. I am getting close to finishing the first planking. I have the bottom band done, which did not require any dropped or added planks. The middle band is almost done, but there are 4 drop planks to be added, one on each side at the bow and stern. Here you can see how I am doing the drop planks. I am finishing two planks on a frame with 45 degree angles, then filling the remaining gap with a single plank the goes to the bow or stern. Normally I would surround a single dropped plank with two full length planks, going from 3 planks to 2 planks, but to do that on this model the two planks would have to be made from very wide stock. Even with the method used here I had to make two of the single planks from wider stock than the 6mm wide planks supplied with the kit, but they are short pieces so I didn't need much. I have made those single planks and was able to soak them and clamp them to the hull to shape them. I though I might need to use heat with them after soaking because of their length, but that was not needed. I'll add pictures of the completed drop planks in a future post. As you can see I haven't done any scraping or sanding to the hull yet. Once I have the top planks glued on then I will be cleaning everything up in preparation for the second planking.
  5. usedtosail

    Cutty Sark by Nenad

    Congratulations on getting your daughter onto her independent life. Both mine are on there own now and I am so proud, but still miss them a bunch.
  6. Thanks Popeye and the likes. Planking is coming along as I am down to just a few planks left in each band. I am going to drop a few planks near the stem and stern in the middle and top bands as the remaining gaps are pretty small there. As usual I am using a variety of different clamps, but as the gaps get smaller the choices get more limited.
  7. Beautiful, clean work Vossie.
  8. Thanks Anthony. I am just glad this model will have a second planking. This one is just the base. Here is a nice planking process picture. I have a plank in the middle band clamped after soaking to get it to shape, another in the bottom band drying after being glued to the keel and frames, and in the background there are two wood strips that have the frame positions marked on them ready to be trimmed for the top band. The supplied wood strips for the first planking are 1.5mm thick and 6 mm wide, and I have found that they only require soaking for a couple of hours and can be manipulated very well after that. I have not had to resort to any kind of heating for these strips. Those clothes pins between the frames reduce most of the clinkering since they clamp the wet plank to the previous one. For the top planks I have flipped the frame over so I can work from the top. You can start to see the shape of the hull coming out. Just more of the same for a while...
  9. Great job on that ladder Dave. A jig of some kind is an absolute must when building them.
  10. Thanks Fernando. Its good to know that will work.
  11. usedtosail

    Titanic 1.jpg

    Very very nice
  12. Thanks Fernando, Popeye, and EJ. Fernando, I am a bit concerned about the planks that make up the outside of the bulwarks. Did you glue these to the parts of the frames that are to be cut away? I am leaning in that direction and then will clean then up inside when I remove those sections. I guess the second planking will help hold these together but just edge gluing them seems too flimsy to me.
  13. Planking continues with a few planks per day. I trim them to width given the distances between the two first planks, then soak them for a few hours and clamp them to the hull to dry overnight. I then glue them in place again planking them to the frames and to to planks already in place. Here are the two planks that define the three bands after gluing them on. Here the garboard strakes and the first of the top band planks are clamped on to dry after soaking. And here the second middle band planks on each side are being glued in place. While waiting for planks to dry, I measure and trim the next planks to be added. While this is a slow process, I am really trying to keep the amount of sanding after planking to a minimum so I am taking my time. So far so good.

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