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  1. 5 mm planks is easy to work with, but not sure about less than half of that. I usually have to taper planks down to get them to fit and sometimes they taper to about 2 mm. I find the 2 mm challenging to work with because it is very fragile. I think I will have to accept the out of scale plank width from a practical perspective.
  2. Cast your anchor out of Toronto have some stuff. They are back online after being down for a few months. I have no issues purchasing stuff from them. There is also Micromark out of the US for tools. You will pay an arm and a leg because of shipping but you can get stuff from them that you can't get here. Finally you can also try Great Hobbies in Canada. They have stuff too.
  3. Thank you. That is good information. For plank width, I was going to choose something that works with the scale of the boat that I am building and the width of the hull planks that I have been given for the kit. I am building the Mirage. The scale is 1:75 and the given planks are 0.5 cm. If I am doing this correctly then using metric measurements: The width of the model plank that I have been given is 0.5 cm. For a model built to a scale of 1:75, the full size plank will be 1/75 = 0.5/x That gives a plank width of 37.5 cm or about 15 inches. I will use these 5 mm planks but I don't think they are the correct width. Fifteen inches seems a little wide to me.
  4. That is awesome, thanks. I have always used full length planks knowing that it is unrealistic but I didn't have anything else to go on.
  5. Does anyone know what the rules are with regards to the plank lengths for the hull should be? How do you create a hull planking pattern? For example for a deck you could have a 1-2 pattern. How would I translate this to the hull? Someone commented as follows but it doesn't address the creation of a pattern I think: "According to the instruction booklet for the Niagara, a full-sized ship's planks were 20 to 30 feet in length. The 3/16 scale says that would be roughly 4 to 5 3/4 inches on the my model. There's other things to consider as well. The butt points need to be separated from any butt in the rows above or below it by 5 or more scale feet. There also need to be 3 unbroken strakes between one butt and the next vertically. At least for the Niagara kit but the instructions indicate that it is a universal shipbuilding rule in the full-sized world."
  6. I haven't had much luck with those electric plank benders. They seem to burn out before I even finish a project. I just use a soldering iron that I purchase at Canadian Tires for about 20$.
  7. I have had to buy two of those in a period of 3 years. The iron is very cheaply made.
  8. what are the names of those places you found in Toronto? I am looking for suppliers as well. tks
  9. Well, I would definitely rule out the Artesania Latina one if you are looking for good instructions. Also the quality of the bulkheads and many of the parts is just not to par. For the price, they could have done a better job.

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