HMS Victory by ronald305 - Model Space in - Kit build logs for subjects built from 1751 - 1800 Posted 2 hours ago Are you using a "Bending Block" with your heat Iron for bending? it should have come with your Iron, it is such a useful tool for getting tight turns with the planks. What I used to do with mine was to soak the plank you want to fix - say one on each corresponding side, then when I t feels wet enough with a bit of bend to it - pit it over the bend in the Bending Block and using the heat from the Iron push down gently in the curve of the block till the heat/steam gently pushes the plank down into the curve. The key heare is not to push too hard - Just go gentle and feel the bend , it takes a bit of getting used to but it does work - I have bent a near circle using the tighter of the bends in the Block. Give it a try. OC.