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About frankwil

  • Birthday 06/13/1962

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  1. Antony, I'm sorry I missed the part of your post that asked if I was going to paint the final planking. I know for sure that I will not be painting any of the wales or bulwarks planking. I would prefer to leave the lower planks without paint, but I will have to wait and see how the finished planking turns out. If it's close to the way the first layer turned out, I'll be leaving it "bare" so to speak. Frank
  2. I jumped the gun on tearing down the bulwark though it's no biggie. I still have final planking below the wales to do
  3. Pin-striping In Progress Planking of the wales is underway. So far, so good. I also finish planking the bulwarks and used the pencil outline trick to simulate caulking. The only thing is, I outlined all 4 edges on the planks and it looks a little overdone to me. I read later on that outlining should be done on one long and one butt side per plank so as to not have them appear too dark. Oh well, I'll have to live with it because it's not bad enough looking to me to redo it. I'll be removing almost half of them anyway later on to make room for handrails and openings for the cannons. F.
  4. Planked the stern and underside with tanganyika and walnut respectively. I'm applying a thin coat of very thin mineral oil to keep the walnut and tanganyika from drying out during the build. This oil evaporates after a few days, so I don't have to worry about any adhesive issues popping up. These surfaces will eventually be varnished with a matte finish.
  5. It seems my planking terror and trepidation was for naught. Onward!
  6. Mark, Your meticulousness (is that even a word?) and ability to convey it in this log is awe inspiring! I'm going to hop on board for this one. If you haven't already acquired the Anatomy of the ship book on the Victory, I'd be happy to loan you my copy. It will be a long time before I'll be attempting this one. One of the things on my bucket list is to see her in person in England. Frank
  7. Bulwarks installed and finish sanding almost done. Waiting for the peanut butter to dry.
  8. First layer of lower planking complete. It went way better than I had feared, though not as smooth as I had hoped. All in all, I'm pleased with it overall. The garboard plank was made about twice as wide as the 5 mm lathes at it's widest point at Bulkhead 5. I chose to cut this layer of planking back to the bearding line and will run the finish planking to where the rabbet should be. I'm not too impressed with the limewood that came with this kit. It was very dry and even splintered after being soaked overnight. I gave up on it after my first band and switched to 1/16" thick basswood. The results were far superior to what I had gotten using the LW. Not sure what happened at the stern here, but my end result looks nothing like what the plans show. I'm not concerned with it too much for this layer. I can stick some partial planks (stealers?) in the blank spots to even it up. But I am concerned about this repeating itself for the final layer of planking. Anyone with any suggestions? Frank
  9. I've gotten the first band from lining out the hull planked. In my ultra-focused state during the lining out process, I forgot to take pictures. I'm kicking myself now because it would have been helpful to anyone wanting to know just how to lay it out. My apologies. I followed Chuck Passaro's planking tutorial - http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/Framing_and_Planking/plankingfan.pdf and used "art tape" to line off the hull. Art tape can be found at any office supply store or Hobby Lobby if you have one. Just make sure your bulkhead edges are clean so the tape will stick sufficiently. The planking went well and with the help of a digital micrometer, every plank hit the corresponding tick mark on the bulkhead. The only thing I was unsure of was how wide to make the plank at the bow. I ended up just continuing the line from the tick marks for BH 1 & 2 and ended up, for the most part, with a width of around 3 mm at the the bow. Looking at the bow I'm wondering now if I should have gone wider. The inner edges of each plank were sanded down to allow a better fit between planks and eliminate any gaps. There are still some around the bow, so not sure what to do to eliminate that. I just keep telling myself it 1st planking. I had previously removed the garboard strake and adjacent plank when I was still so confident I was going to be able to do the spiling thing. Wish I hadn't now.
  10. To carve a rabbet, I would rather have the keel bare and be able to lay it down flat. I just thought that was the way it was done. I can't imagine having to do it with all of the bulkheads on. I do have a build log - Beagle by Mamoli/Dusek 1/64 in the build log area.
  11. As I'm progressing through my planking in the band below the wale (there will be 4 bands) I can see that as I progress below and further aft from the first bulkhead, I will have nothing for those planks to land on at the keel. I did not include a rabbet line because of a previous failed attempt resulting in a keel replacement. It's too late to add one at this point. Will I have to add filler blocks between bulkhead 1 and 2? Thanks for any help, Frank

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