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Hi,

This element of ship structure it is keel, bulkheads are installed traversal in notches.

Straighten of keel is essential for hull shape of model.

How to reach it is explained here :

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/10323-keel-question/

 

Tadeusz 

 

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Vasa, HMS Victory, Le Solei Royale, Friesland

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SS Savannah 1818

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I would say yes. That bulkhead you are showing us is like the spine, backbone of the ship. It is absolutely nessercery to get this straight. Soaking the wood and clamping it down on a flat surface would be ideal. Although as you say it's only a slight curve it will affect certain construction stages later on. Good luck :)

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Terminology on these things is odd! Not really a keel (although the bottom is intended to simulate the keel). Bulkhead former sounds much better!

 

You may also be able to keep the bend out by using some type of keel clamp (Amati sells one, and there are numerous examples of building boards on the forum that could be useful). Even after clamping flat the bend could reassert itself, hence trying to hold it square while adding bulkheads and planking.

 

Good luck!

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