Jack Nastyface Posted December 27, 2015 Share #1 Posted December 27, 2015 Gentles all, First time post...hope this is the right site / forum thread. I am going to build the Mantua 1/17 english carronade kit (see image, below) but have a question about decking. Namely - the kit instructions say to cut out a deck planking design on the deck "board" using a chisel, then sand and paint. For my part, I think the model would look much better if I actually laid down some planking. Although I haven't done ANY wood modelling, this seems like a (mostly? hopefully?) simple task. Like all novices, however, I do have some questions. To wit: 1) I assume it will be easiest to source, cut and work basswood strips (3/4 inch wide, 1/8 inch thick)? 2) I was also going to glue the basswood to the deck board, but want to add nails where the planks would have been fastened to the deck beams. Does anyone know if the deck planks on real age-of-sail ships were fixed with nails, or perhaps wood dowels? 3) I am also thinking of leaving a very small gap between the deck planks to fill with imitation oakum. Any recommendations? I am thinking of using either black thread or string, or perhaps black-stained wood filler. 4) Finally - any recommendations on wood stain colors for the deck? All answers graciously accepted with humble thanks. Clear for action, Jack Nastyface Canute 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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