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  1. Just a small update to show progress so far. The second planking is going fairly well but taking longer than I imagined. The good news is that it looks better than the first! Quite a bit of the strip wood has an element of cross grain so I've had to be extremely careful with working it. Sometimes it's 'feathered' up a bit and I've had to select another piece. No doubt it will be used elsewhere less demanding..I am holding down at regular intervals to make sure it lies flat. The Aliphatic glue is good and sticks well but does dry a little quickly. I got into trouble trying to glue the whole plank in one go because by the time I'd clamped half way the rest was thickening up and tacky already. Now I glue half way, clamp and do the rest separately which seems to work well. The planks are going on in one length so with all the bending take a while to do but I think it's worth it. I don't intend to paint the hull but varnish it so I can see the wood. Still haven't worked out what mordant stuff is! In terms of time it's taking about a day to fit a plank port and stbd . Cutting, edge bending, curving at stern, fitting, wetting, clamping and waiting to dry before gluing. Seems I'm unable to post photos so will try another time. Stay safe.πŸ˜€πŸŒˆ
  2. Started the lining out and tick strip marking. Lots of head scratching for a while but bit the bullet finally! I'm trying where possible to introduce the least stress in the planks, certainly above the bilge as they will be on show more. Sense I might have to spile a few down to the keel though, we'll see! Looking forward to glueing and then some varnish to protect the work. I'll probably go quiet for a while now as plenty to do tapering and probably some cussing! Stay safe everyone.πŸ‘πŸŒˆ
  3. I've had to revisit the planking tutorials as I got into a pickle with the garboards I fitted. Although the ends were further back from the stem than the first planking apparently not far enough. Not wishing to rip them off and run the risk of damaging the rabbet and veneer again I've got for a workaround. I pared back the plank in a curve shape and fitted another alongside. This plank was edge bent slightly as shown in tutorials. A bit of fettling with sandpaper and it lays nicely. Think I've gained quite a bit which will give me more room to fit the remaining planks without having to narrow them excessively at the stem. Think I've managed to gain the equivalent room of a drop plank roughly. πŸ˜ƒ Caution will be needed as this same plank coincidentally will need a stern steeler fitted also. Hope photos show what I've done. Got to duplicate same on the other side. Sailing close to the wind as usual...
  4. Thank you all for your advice and pointers. Think I need therefore to start with the garboard. The videos look amazing so will be studying them closely before proceeding. I need to step back for a time and take it all in. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to offer up their own experiences in such a kind way. πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘
  5. Hello! I am seeking help with my second planking having made a few errors on the first which I managed to get away with. It was touch and go trying to avoid crowding at the bow. I'm lining the hull with strakes to work out the best runs this time. I've read and think I understand the tutorials but still have a doubt at the bow section. Between the front tip of the garboard strake and the marking strake is 36mm (along the rabbet) but between the tip and red push pin is only 30mm. Should I fit a drop strake around this point I wonder? I tried wetting and bending a previous marker strake but the pull down on it made the run look a bit wobbly elsewhere back along the hull and it was a really tight bend. I know I will have to fit Steelers at the stern but the bow has confounded me for the moment. The two pen marks fwd show where the centre lines fall. I hope the photos give the idea. TIA.πŸ˜ƒ
  6. Got the main wale and the one above fitted now with a uniform gap between the two of 10mm. I used a pencil compass to strike the line using the topside of the main wale as a reference.Cosy for two planks..Got the garboard strake on too which was easier to do after the experience of first planking! Currently trying to line out the hull for planking but still a bit uncertain about the layout. I've read all the tutorials which helped and layed the strake in as near a natural flow as possible. However, at the bow I've had to wet it and bend it round a bit to avoid hooding of the planks and keep the bands equidistant. Not quite right at midships as the bottom band is wider around the bilge and keel. My gut feeling is I may have to spile some of these planks to get them to lay flat even at only one mil. thick. Looks like another order from the lumber mill! I'm just going outside - I may be some time...Stay safe everyone.πŸŒˆπŸ‘
  7. PS. And there it was, staring me in the face all the time. Longridge p77 Quarter galleries hanging over four planks...Time to visit the optician me thinks! Thank you again for your assistance, much appreciated. Chris
  8. Thank you so much for this information Allan. It's a long standing first build but I'm keen to get it right. I'm sure that each kit is slightly different but the instructions on this one can be a bit vague and I think assumes previous knowledge.. I'm learning lots in the process though! I do have a build log on the go should you care to look. Thanks again.πŸ˜€
  9. I'm building Corel Victory and have scratch built the transom. Currently assessing fitting and was wondering if the bottom plank of the wale should ride up a bit more. Should I be cutting it back a bit to flare it? Any photo reference appreciated. Thanks,πŸ˜€
  10. OK. So Wales are fitted at this level and I've offered up the previously made stern counter to see how it all goes together. I've marked the width of this on the main wales so I can cut where necessary to let in the counter back to the aftmost frame. Very carefully re cutting the rabbet line to take the 1mm final planking. At the stern the thickness of the first planking has been fettled a bit too - allowing for the additional 2mm of final planking. Trying to maintain something of a taper here for the stern post shape. πŸ˜€
  11. First walnut wale plank beneath marking strake fitted. Didn't think though I might get glue seepage under the strake but it came off easily enough with gentle scraping. Found the walnut a lot harder to bend especially around the stern/lower transom area, it's quite a tight turn at this point. Lots of soaking and using the shank of the hot plank bender did it. I needed to get these right as the visual impact of the arrival and upward sweep at the stern is obvious. I put a little nick with a scalpel by each port, just on the corner edges so I don't lose sight of where they are. I've started the second planking..yippee!
  12. I thought I would have a look at the main wale today as I wasn't 100% sure about the gun ports. Remember I used a copy of drawing 2C to transfer the positions to the hull. It took me a while to check the reference heights relative to everything else but got there in the end. I dislike those very thick lines used on some of the drawings..In the end I only needed to mark heights at each port aft of the door as nearly all the other ports forward the top plank just a fraction under the bottom of the ports. Except the two most FWD where the gun port frame cuts into the wale a little bit. In the end it came down to a bit of eye balling and I used a couple of spare first planks each side to lay out the run and curves. Pinned temporarily I can now use this as a reference for the second proper plank underneath without having to rush the gluing process. Happily it looks right to drawing and every height at each station is the same on both sides of the hull. I'm really glad too that I re marked the waterline after sanding that was very useful. I'm looking at the stern area now and how these wale planks ride up underneath. There seems to be a lot of coming together in the transom area and those 'funny bits' on the side! Time to break out the mahogany....

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