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I have started work on the HMS Fly again and am taking my time.  I want to put a rabbet and bearding lines in - particular the rabbet line.  How far from the edge of the false keel should I start the rabbet ?  How deep does one normally make the depth of the rabbet ?  I would really appreciate any assistance  you can give me.  Thanks.

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Hard to say without a picture.  The best way to determine that is to temporarily put the bulkheads on and follow the edge of each.  The bulkhead edge would theoretically continue into your false keel at the same angles.  Unfortunately,  because its a pesky double planked hull that will complicate matters.

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Yes, the spacing on double-plank makes this cut very interesting.  You may as well fashion your inner layer garboard plank(s) to near-completion as part of the dry fitting.

I have found that laying the blade (facing up) against a plank pinned to the dry fit bulkheads to be a good tactile guide.  Just one bulkhead distance at a time, I first let the grip roll in my fingers as the angle of attack changes.  Then I start to let it roll my fingers along with it as I pick up on the rate of change.  Over and over until I get a good feel for it.  Then slide the bulkheads up for room to work and repeat the motion I absorbed to lightly score the cut several times.  That scoring then serves as the guide for the more aggressive blade to go for depth.  I score with #11 and cut with #19.

The "back-rabbet" along the keel is what I still am working on mastering, however.

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If by HMS Fly you are referring to the Amati/Victory Models kit there are a number of logs on that subject here - also Pegasus is virtually identical. Here is a bit of my log covering that area

Pegasus/Fly Rabbet

 

But a sensible rabbet along the bottom of the keel for both planking layers doesnt seem to me to be required .

I usually take one of two routes- first do the first planking but without fixing the keel strip and then sand the first planking so that the addition of the keel strip forms a rabbet for the second planking,. 

OR  shhhhhh - cheat and just chamfer the  garboard strip on the second planking to lie neatly against the keel strip

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