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Substitute for Wood Frame Pieces in Lifeboats


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I've taken a break from the big boat on my Niagara build and am working on the yawl (lifeboat).  It's a sandwich style hull which I have filed and sanded inside and out to get a nice shape. I want to add some realism so I am looking at adding frame pieces, floor strips, etc.

 

For the frame pieces I am trying to use 1/32 x 3/32 planks, soaking and bending them to fit the inside hull. They are bending OK but I'm not getting a nice flush fit in the hull. When I press one in it seems to be at the breaking point.

 

I am beginning to wonder if there is a better, more flexible material for this purpose? Maybe even some sort of plastic? The only requirement is it must be paintable.

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Yellow birch wood strips, 1/32" thick, soaked in water for 20 - 30 minutes.  Fasten the strips in place until dry and they will be perfect.  Depending on the width of the strips, you can tie the strips in a knot.  I did it with 1/16 x 1/8 " strips just for grins and giggles.

 

Jim

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