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Quick question. In the old ships copper bolts in the keel were 'clenched' via the ends being walloped with a mallet (hammer) so the ends spread causing the end joint to tighten.


Does this mean that the heads would protrude slightly and spread? I have looked at some photos of the Victory and really cannot tell (plus its using a lot of more modern iron fastenings)


I am considering doing this on the model as opposed to filing the bolts flush with the surface of the keel but wanted to check how authentic a process/result this would actually be.


Looking at measurements at my scale(1:64) the 1 1/8 bolt would be 0.4464 mm wide I am using 24 gauge which is 0.511 undrawn (0.46ish drawn) but may keep the undrawn width as if clenching does spread the  end then the bolt ends would have a larger diameter than the initial starting diameter. It all depends on how far the bolt spread. if a little then I may just use the slightly wider bolt and file down and if more so then try clenching myself.


Cheers for any pointers (am I getting a little anal about accuracy on this model, perhaps..)

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Thank you, so using a slightly thicker copper rod in the first place could be argued to represent a rod that has been clenched and countersunk (for the visible portion).


To be honest at the sizes involved a difference of a tenth of a mm would take a highly practiced eye to recognize..

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