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Hi guys,

This is a restart of my building log of the Diana by Occre.  The first log couldn't be found anymore. The administrators did there best, but no luck for me. Thanks guys for the search!!!


So here we go again. To hot to build so now is time to restart the log.


The box




Dry fitting 



together with the little sister




Start to plank the lower deck



Upper deck finished planking



Adding some bow fillers and fairing the bulkhead frames



Start of the first planking



The plywood quality isn't really good. After an half hour soak it starts to delaminate.  I had to glue it all back together. So be carefull..


Thats it for now.



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After a time out of a few months, time to continue again...

Preparation for the first layer of the planking following Chuck's method. For me is it the first time, so lets try something new.  Each side of the hull is divided in four sections. Lets see how things work out. 







It looks pretty symmetric to me....


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In the meanwhile a little progress is made. The first belt has been planked. I'm pretty satisfied about the result, except for the bow. 

Lining of the bow was pretty hard en because of all the curves, placing the thickmarks wasn't also very easy. But we will see how it goes. Its first planking after all. It will all be covered up by second planking.


Here some pics:














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The hull is closed. Only 1 stealer used at the stern of the ship. It was a little bit of a struggle for the fist time planking like this way, but  I'm pretty happy with the result.  


Now its time to plank the upper part of the hull and then sanding- (aka making dust-)time...


A question: The planks for second planking are very thin: 0.5mm and ther are difficult to bend sideways. Any tips????













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13 hours ago, Kyak said:

A question: The planks for second planking are very thin: 0.5mm and ther are difficult to bend sideways. Any tips????


Great job on the planking, congrats! Still trying to get my head around the technique, so your descriptions and pictures are really helpful.


The Sapelli veneer can be a handful, very brittle, difficult to cut into shape. I had no issue bending sideways as long as the strip was long enough. I used 2 strip halves, cut in different places so they wouldn't align on the hull.


I didn't use the cobblers glue which they're so fond of in the instructions, as you can hardly correct afterwards (and it stinks to high heaven). Used Mantua aliphatic glue, at key points (bow, any bends etc), used a small dab of CA to keep the strip into place until the PVA sets. Be especially careful around the bow, as the strips have a tendency to pop up and leave a nasty gap.


Hope this helps!

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12 hours ago, Rob S said:

This is a great build for a newbie to planking to see how it’s done.  It’s amazing how some modelers make it seem so simple. This log helps one see the process in logical steps. Very nice!

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the kind words.  Take your time and don't rush things and don't be afraid to do things over. Second plankings is much harder than the first layer because the wood strips are extremely thin (0.5mm).  When you bend thin strips sideways, they start to pop up on certain places. You can bend them sideways, in multiple stages. In the extreme curves, you have to do this proces up to 10 times, to get the curve right.  

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