mtdoramike Posted June 21, 2015 Share #1 Posted June 21, 2015 (edited) I have found these plank crimping pliers to be indispensable for the first time ship modeler. These actually make planking FUN. Yep your heard me, FUN. It makes those ridiculous bends effortless. But, and there's always a but isn't there? This is not the traditional method of planking a ships hull (I state this for all the purist out there that are twisting in their seats reading this post). Now, once you have mastered your first or second model, you can start experimenting with the traditional way of planking like soaking the plank for hours, using a heating iron or tool and possibly a bending or radius jig. Also, look for a more straight hull like the Cutty Sark style of ship. I also plank solid hull models as well and it makes it easier when you have a solid background to lay the planks on versus ribs. I still use the planking pliers every once in awhile when I run across a stubborn curve, if it's a railing, I use thicker wood and sand the crimp marks out with a sanding wheel attachment for my rotary tool. Also, the planks are easier to crimp when they are wet. The planking pliers run about $15.00 and I have found them on Ebay as well as most hobby shops and they come in a variety of designs. I believe a hobby should be fun and not stressful. So I use various methods to achieve a desired result, even if those methods aren't traditional in nature. I like to think of myself as the Bob Ross of ship modeling, I'm not a purist by a long shot but more of a realist. I hope this tip will help keep someone from stroking out from a hobby that should be fun. I would also like to add that if I were making a museum quality ship model, I would not use these pliers and secondly, If I were doing a commissioned model for a client, I would use these sparingly. mike Edited June 22, 2015 by mtdoramike trippwj and Mike the Maxx 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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