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Strake Width - Modeling vs Real World

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I'm just wrapping up hull planking on Model Shipways Niagara 1:64. The plans had bulkheads divided into 4  bands which I totally get. The width of the bands are dictated by the number and width of wood strips used. Band A is the topmost, Band D ends at the keel. The plans call for 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 5/32" wide strips for A, B, C, D respectively.


Just wondering why the varied widths and would something similar (to scale of course) have been done on a real ship? All I can figure is getting around curved bulkheads or frames would be easier accomplished with narrower planks.

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