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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.

Sail on...... Mike         "Dropped a part? Your shoe will always find it before your eyes do"

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Mike,

The short answer is "yes".   Not only width but also thickness were chosen by the designer and shipwrights to put strength where they felt it was needed.

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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Great point Mark. Did not think about relieving stress. I imagine in most cases it would also make sense to have thicker material above the waterline to slow down enemy shot.

Sail on...... Mike         "Dropped a part? Your shoe will always find it before your eyes do"

Current Builds:                                                          Completed Builds:

Lancia Armata 1803 - Panart                                   US Brig Niagara - Model ShipwaysSection Deck Between Gun Bays - Panart  ; Arrow American Gunboat - Amati    

 Riva Aquarama - Amati                                           T24 RC Tugboat  ;  Hispaniola - Megow - Restoration ; Trajta - by Mikiek - Marisstella ; Enterprise 1799 - Constructo                             

                                                                   
                                                               

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