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HM Cutter Cheerful 1806 by Erik W - 1:48 scale

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Thanks for the kind words!  I make such a mess when I do the planking, with the glue smearing the pencil all over the place, glue finger prints, etc., that I can't tell how the joints between strakes will look until I sand all the mess off.  As I sanded, I was pleasantly surprised that the last strake turned out so well.  To get it to the right width I cut it down to get it to the basic shape, but slightly oversized, and then started at the bow with removing material and worked my way along the length of the plank.  Meaning, once I got the first 1/2" so it would fit in between the adjacent strakes, I moved onto the next short segment, carefully sanding the plank edge and test fitting until it fit correctly with a little pressure.  I erred on the side of not removing enough material as I did my sanding, before test fitting.  As we all have learned the hard way, you can't put material back!

 

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I realized when I was planking the second belt of strakes on the first side of the hull that I wouldn't be able to use the clamps in the same way on the other side of the hull.  Since the fully planked finished side is now rounded, the clamps have nothing to grip.  I made a surface to place the clamps on out of a few dollars worth of basswood.  I made it to a size and depth that would allow clamping of my strakes in the second belt  as I work my way towards the first belt of strakes.  It's working well so far.  As with the other clamping I've done, I test fit the clamp position before I apply glue, so I can figure out the placement before I do it for real.

 

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I finished planking the hull.  Woohoo!  Feels kind of weird to not be adding a plank or two after work every day.  :)  I also added the stern post, and did a more thorough sanding of the planking on both sides of the lower hull, paying close attention to getting rid of any high and low spots.  I still need to do more work where the planking meets the keel and the stem.  Also, the black paint on the wale has taken quite a beating.  I'll fix that later.  I was hesitant to include the bow shot, since the planks on either side don't line up at the stem too well.  Figured it was still an interesting angle for a photo though.

 

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