Howdy folks . I'm new to this website but not to modeling . Have built models since the 1960's with a hiatus form serious building while married . Am now getting back into the hobby due to a divorce a while ago and I'm getting myself ready to keep occupied in retirement . My Question is : Is it mandatory to spile hull planks when attaching them to the hull of a model or is it a practice that has developed in the model ship building hobby in order to make it look nice and orderly ? I haven't found out if it is done in the real world of building a real boat other than say on building a small rowboat or sail boat . It only seems to be practiced in model ship building and there is no one tried true blue way of doing it . Am I right or wrong here with this assumption ? Cheers ! Charlie CTS Memphis , and yes Elvis has left the building .