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About acaron41120

  • Birthday 12/30/1947

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    Warner Robins, GA
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    Wood model ships, VWs, flying and golf

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  1. Looks GREAT! Even better than my 1st; the "Marie Jeanne" by Billing Boats. Both boats are pretty similar.
  2. Larry. I did some searching and found the web site for my building slip. Here you go: www.hobbyworld-usa.com/Store/index.php?id_product=2074&controller=product
  3. Larry. Back in the mid 70's while stationed in England, I lived in Felixstowe. A friend of mine was building the "Norske Love" by Billing Boats and I told him I was interested in trying that and he took me to the store where he purchased his kit and I stuck with Billing Boats. As for the building jig, I got it from Hobby Zone of England while doing a search for ship building jigs. I believe their web sit is hobbyzone.com.
  4. Greg Any idea of what Tanganica wood is and the color of it. How easy is it to work? Any one else? I've never heard of it.
  5. Finally got the garboard strake to fit. The kit planks are 1.8mm x 6 m x 550 mm. I used one 1.8mm x 10 m x 550 mm strip for the garboard strake starting on the port side. Need to sand the bottom of the strake just a tad in the middle and she'll fit in nicely. I used the method described in Donald Dressel's book "Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders". It seemed, to me at least, to be the most straight forward method. After trimming, I soaked the strake in warm water for two hours before the test fit. Glenn. I typically bevel the bottom edge of any plank up to the wale.
  6. Tomorrow I intend to order the planks for my second layer of planking. I just don't know what thickness to order. In the first layer of planking the planks are 1.8 mm (thick) x 6 mm (wide) x 550 mm (long). When I ask on-line the response is always the width of the plank. I want to know how THICK the plank should be. The range seems endless. And the only hobby store is Hobby Lobby which is why I always have to order. I'm building the Mayflower by Billing Boats and just want to have the second player of planks on hand when I start the second layer of planking. I'm thinking the thickness should b
  7. I've read and re-read the planking article "Lining Off Your Hull for Planking on the MSW site but am having a heck of a hard time getting the Garboard Strake to fit without a small space between the keel/stem post and the bottom edge of the strake. No matter how hard I work at it with the cardboard and the strake I always seem to have that space. What am I missing? Any suggestions on how to handle this will be greatly appreciated.
  8. Thanks for all your comments. The main reason I asked is because like most of us I plank the hull before planking the deck. But in my Mayflower kit the plans, photos and instructions show planking the decks first. First time I have ever seen it done that way and was just wondering if it made things easier or not. Phil, I like the way you did your waterways and margin planks. I'm going to have to give that a try.
  9. When planking is it best to plank the decks or the hull first? Just wondering.
  10. Thanks for the replies. I was wondering if it made it easier than the traced card and line that I've always used. I guess I'll stick to my older wats. Sometimes the old ways are better.
  11. I have a catalogue from Micro-Mark. They have a lot of nice hand tools for model ship building. I have a couple of them. But I have never used (I've thought about it though) any of their ratline making tools. Has anyone tried one?
  12. The thickness of my planks are 1.8mm per the assembly sheet but I figure them as 2mm. I'm going to stick with the 8mm wide Wale and use the 5mm planks for the rest of the hull. I understand that in practice the Wale was actually thicker than the rest of the hull planks bur my kit instructions don't mention any thicker planks. In my signature block I list the ships I have built. But for this build and going forward, I'm going to try and do the planking the correct way. Thank you everyone for your comments and advice.
  13. I've read the planking tutorials on the site and they are great. So...in marking off for my planking, I'm wondering if I can use a slightly wider plank for the Wale. My kit has 5mm wide planks for the hull. I'm using an 10mm wide plank for the Garboard and if I use the 5mm planks for the rest of the hull I end up with needing to shave one of the planks down to 3mm. Using the 8mm plank for the Wale makes it work out without shaving any planks. Just need to verify that its okay to do this or will it lead to more difficulties.
  14. Dan and Bolin. Thanks for your replies. I know about adding filler blocks but haven't tried it yet. It does seem as if there is less cutting with filler blocks than separate frames and trying to position them correctly. As the false decks are in place to supply some form of support for the sanding effort, I can remove the false decks and fit the filler blocks more easily. Great food for thought.
  15. Jaager. Thanks for your information. Perhaps the best way to say it is just call it faring. In any event my intent was to let those even more novice than I to not be discouraged if "faring" takes more effort than they anticipated.
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