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  1. Hello Theo. I am being more selective with the planks I am using above the waterline. I am not so bothered with the quality below the waterline as these will be sanded smooth and painted white. Progess is slow with regards to the 2nd planking but I hope to add some pictures of my progress in the next day or two. I am working from the top down and from the keel upward at the moment.
  2. I got the idea from my Yamato build (model space) which included a set of hull templates (as a pdf file) which I printed out on to card.
  3. Today I have sanded the 1st planking on the hull. I am now happy with how it is looking. I took my time to reduce the planking thickness around the stern area so the 2nd planking can be added and will align with the keel and stern post. I was able to utilise the sheets that the bulkheads were removed from as templates to double check the shaping of the hull around the bow area. This proved to be useful as I did note a couple of high and low spots which I was able to correct. I then moved on to adding the stern planking which sits below the stern counter pa
  4. I have now completed the first planking and the hull is ready for sanding and filling. With regards to the filling (where necessary) I plan to use a mix made up of diluated pva (50/50) and Ronseal natural wood filler (a Jim Hatch concoction from his Sphinx build log). I found this mixture (made up of 50% pva and 50% wood filler) worked really well when I added a bit to an over faired section of a bulkhead. The following pictures of the planked hull may look a bit rough and ready and I could have done it better. However this is just a base layer for the 2nd planking. Once it has be
  5. I have now glued the first three planks to the hull. They all went on without any problems. I used Titebond Original pva. I used clamps to hold the first two planks in place as the glue gripped. I used a mixture of clamps and pins went gluing the 3rd plank in place. I am reasonably happy with how the planks are looking so far. I have also bent and tapered (only required tapering at the bow end) the 4th plank. I have clamped the damp planks to the hull as I have now finished working on the model for the day so the planks should hold the shape when they have dried out. I intend to ad
  6. Sorry to bore you all with my continued start to the first planking. Before committing to the glue phase I decided to test fit the third plank on both sides. After adding the lateral (side) bend I noted the 3rd plank would need a taper around the bow section. Once I had marked, tapered and had the second bow shaping bend both the port and starboard 3rd planks were clamped in place to check the fit. The port side looks really good. The same is now true on the starboard side. The slight issue I had with the starboard side bowing at bulkhead 3 has now bee
  7. Following on from my last post I spent a bit more time this afternoon fairing the bow (bulkhead 2). I then bent the first two planks for both the port and starboard sides. I started with the lateral (side bend) and then added the bend that followed shape around the bow. I then clamped both sets of planks to the hull. As can be seen in the photo below the port side planking is a perfect fit This is a close up of the port side bow area. The planks are a nice tight fit (only dry fitted) This picture shows the port side inner bulwarks are nice and fl
  8. Thanks. I find it much better when I take my time to check how the parts fit together before I glue them in place.
  9. Today I have been looking at starting the 1st planking. I discovered the quad hands had another use as a template for lateral (side) bending the planks. After soaking the plank I positioned it on the quad hands base, using the quad hands to set the bend angle. Once the plank had dried out the bent plank was test fitted against the hull, 4mm down from the top edge. I was extremely pleased with how the plank laid against the various bulkheads. On closer examination I noted that there was a slight bowing issue with bulkhead 2 which is easy to corre
  10. I have now completed the basic hull assembly phase and the Cutter Alert is ready for the first planking. I spent quite a bit of time fairing the bulkheads and I am now happy with how my test planks are laying. In particular bulkheads 4 to 2, and fillers pieces 11, 12 and 13 needed plenty of sanding. Also bulkheads 7 to 9 and filler piece15 required a lot of attention before I was happy with how the garboard plank would fit. Filler piece 20 also required a lot of sanding to make sure it ran flush with the side of the Rudder head housing platform. Once I was happy with t
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