GaryKap Posted April 1, 2015 Share #1 Posted April 1, 2015 I decided to build BENJAMIN W. LATHAM for a couple of reasons. I like the lines and the history of the New England fishing schooners. I like the 1/4" = 1 ft scale. I like that this kit has more hull and less rigging...and no cannons to rig . And of course, I got the kit at a great price on an eBay auction. The center keel / bulwark former came in four pieces of 1/8' thick laser cut wood - two forward and two aft. This sandwich construction resulted in a center keel less prone to warping and stronger than a single thickness of wood. It also provides a nice center line when cutting the rabbet. Further, when I attached the keel and stem to the center keel, I secured them with nine 1/8 inch wooden dowels spaced along the keel. The center line helped me to center the drill holes for these. The first picture below shows the assembled center keel with supports for the mast steps, and the keel and stem attached. This kit also provides a very nice diagram of the locations of the planking belts along each of the bulkheads (shown in the second picture). I decided to use this and marked the location of each of the belts in red on both sides of all bulkheads (picture 3). I fitted the bulkheads to the center keel without gluing to make sure everything lined up. I placed the frame on top of the plan to help verify that all bulkheads are properly aligned. When I glue the bulkheads to the center keel, I will use blocks of hard pine with precise 90 degree corners to help make sure the bulkheads are in alignment. <<Gary>> hexnut, GuntherMT, Mirabell61 and 13 others 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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