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18th-Century Merchantman Half-Hull Planking Kit by Duanelaker - NRG - 1:48 scale


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This will be my first attempt at planking “correctly”.   I did complete AL Bounty Jolly which was planked, but in a strange way (I followed the instructions).   I have quite a few projects in the shipyard that are POB and POF so I’d rather start with a less expensive kit and fail then ruin the kits I have already purchased in hopes of learning this hobby.

 

I will be taking this build slow as I have other logs going on, as well as a stressful job and a four year old that I chase around on the weekends.  
 

My plan will be to finish this half hull with a stained hull...I’m also contemplating coppering the hull as a learning experience as well.

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1 hour ago, Heronguy said:

I’ll look forward to sharing experiences on this project. Slow is my mantra as well. It should be fun.

I’m hoping by end of the week I will have everything frame work wise mounted.  But I have my doubts.  It’ll be nice having multiple logs to watch as this unfolds. 

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So I read and re-read and have done as such.  So far things have gone very well.12362007-EB7D-4044-B2F2-0E8829140FD2.thumb.jpeg.a5a23b63e7fe817f7fdfc0dd36579536.jpeg6412595F-1643-4D7C-BDDE-4BCA8F32E8B1.thumb.jpeg.1becd543b6b0b95ef558694c5e2c3083.jpeg7EFEB144-B153-4364-9015-9E14C3D5A9B4.thumb.jpeg.d121514d7211e0e96fe7c1b66497316b.jpeg

i have also made a cheat sheet so I can remember the terminology as I go...6E47E0EF-A3FA-4FF6-A845-8EFFA5EFA218.thumb.jpeg.d45ec7441b32b6bd34937f291efd79f1.jpeg

First question is what if anything is done to the high spot on the keel (shown pointing with pencil)?  It says to fit the stemson and this piece interferes,  I would think by modifying the stemson it would be weak?  Does what I did look acceptable?  It fits pretty nice.

 

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second question would be how deep does the rabbit get cut?  See pencil drawing below....

 

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So moving along...I will agree with others that have stated that doing this build has really forced me to get an understanding for the rabbet and how the planking works...now if only I can actually gain the skill to do it.

 

so I glued the keel, keelson, stem, stemson and started framing.FA7626DB-DA80-4E98-8775-BB7BDF4D91FF.thumb.jpeg.7dc1182254af34032ba98a18a780dafc.jpeg060352E7-C26F-4003-B87B-3AA8F5040B2A.thumb.jpeg.dc1e6744cfad48594abfc8e71446acd7.jpeg

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First question was wether or not DF was what the drawing template called as 0...I’m guessing yes because it was the only one left and it had a center mark on it...

 

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instead of cutting out more of the keelson I opted to cut out the frames a little bit so the went to the rabbet.  I also screwed around with different clamping methods.  One problem I had was that the foam board was not perfectly flat.C090F540-ECB4-49C2-B91E-EED66B604B54.thumb.jpeg.76df7234130bacb5d01bfdd292973e9c.jpeg4E299E96-7CEB-4C2E-A1E8-DC2BEAD79AA5.thumb.jpeg.6f300a565df67878382606c932d79715.jpeg893B9078-61D4-4433-BF77-965FD99A4028.thumb.jpeg.11654829ea69f812aa427fb15f346bfe.jpeg9C6EEB51-8761-401F-9625-3A3BD9CC679D.thumb.jpeg.0d8df677605781dec0665f748db8d13f.jpeg

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I marked out where the bow framing goes...Not sure the best way to do it, but I did end up splitting the stem post, but since it was glued to everything else it wasn’t a big deal.  I was not sure what the best way to cut it out was, but I cut to deep and fast with a razor.B6DC9DE6-C06D-4D51-A3E5-D4CF1AB5E704.thumb.jpeg.65e7a2f61af07c1dce5e34b337d27ee5.jpegA7130567-A191-4EBE-8730-5E0A75E1A5BB.thumb.jpeg.7e3c74b3345b07154e1d50f118645c6a.jpeg1820269F-055E-4A39-BE3D-21C45E550675.thumb.jpeg.893a55c6a24ffbf92b474ad4d8b2697b.jpegE4457856-6C59-4F78-A128-FD61C78F111F.thumb.jpeg.cd21fd590a4d75dc80866e6499002e90.jpeg

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I have quite a few models in my stash that I bought, then thought maybe this would be easier, no that one, or this one lol I figured I would try this exercise before ruining a kit.  Also walking through each step as Per instructed has really given me an understanding as to what and why....now I’m working on the how.  I’m also doing as instructed and sanding for 15-20 minutes then onto something else and then come back to it....hopefully tomorrow I get it to 95%.  Also I appreciate the support but I am no teacher 😝 

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I did not get much further...but it appears I did a nice job on the rabbet 😝 FC700433-6E7C-4F64-9EF1-0DD73F8F9387.thumb.jpeg.e1575d1744cd8a04386bf3a54e5ee2b4.jpeg
 

im also noticing per the picture of the finish hull that there is much more fairing to do on the bow toward the keel

 

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the stern I ended up using a sanding attachment on the proxxon rotary tool, I like this tool better then my Dremel as it is lighter, goes at a slower speed and doesn’t stall unless a ridiculous amount of force is put onto it.  It’s amazing the curves this ship has...DEE0F027-08A6-4EA6-9AF8-8D988D55530C.thumb.jpeg.adc0b330ac41f647975f577b8975323e.jpeg

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14 hours ago, Javlin said:

Looking good David the rabbit is deeper and cleaner at the bow?and looks to fade a little elsewhere? Thanks Kevin

Kevin, the rabbit intersects perpendicular to the bow and as it retreats aft the angle changes until it is flat at the stern almost.  The depth is similar as it is as deep as the thickness of a plank.

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I faired and faired and faired some more...then I realized I faired to much lol.  There aren’t great pictures showing you where or how the counter gets connected.  It’s an odd shape and really doesn’t look the same as the instructions show, which I’m assuming could be picture angle.  However I did sand the aft of the last frame which I wasn’t supposed to.  So lesson number one is don’t do the following...

 

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15 hours ago, Javlin said:

Is there a said point to start?I sometimes see builds with a bottom plank and something in the middle(gunwale?).Russ told me to plank it since it will get painted in the end.I will keep watching.;) Kevin

I am just following the instructions that came with the kit, however it is mentioned that the gunwale should be laid out first.  You can see where I marked it out.  It mentions coming back to install later.  I’m not sure there is any right or wrong way, whatever works for you I would think!

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13 hours ago, EricWilliamMarshall said:

How did you cut the rabbit? I looks very nice. 

Sadly, I don't honestly remember...I do remember marking lines on the top and side as a marker,  and I believe I might have used a small plane on the keel, and I believe I used a dremel tool on the curved piece of the keel towards the front. 

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