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Hi Folks,


 I’m a retired PA and former USN Corpsman just a beginning modeler. Looking for advice on planking vises or clamps. Seem to me that the small part of the hull to be clamped might be pretty delicate and prone to snapping off with too much pressure being applied during the planking process. Any suggestions regarding vises vs hull clamps for a rank amateur? I just purchased the large Model Shipways 18th Century Armed Longboat and a paint set. Can’t wait to get started. Thanks for your help.

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Hi SeaDoc,


Welcome to MSW.  I would suggest that you go to the kit build area and you'll see an index of all logs....  https://modelshipworld.com/forum/130-build-logs-for-ship-model-kits-by-era-launch-date/    Also, if you scroll down a bit, you'll see indexes by era.  Go to the appropriate era for your models and you can search for logs from there.   


The best way to clamp is one of long debate as everyone basically has figure out which way works for them and for their particular model.  There is a section for "tools" but it's not specific on the application to a particular ship, so the best way is look at the logs and see what others have done.


Also, open a log of your own so that others can follow along help out when needed.

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Current Build:                                                                                             
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 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


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CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Hi SeaDoc and welcome to Model Ship World.  The 18th Century Armed Longboat builds into a nice model.  The large 1:24 scale is a lot easier to work with than the smaller scales.  If you brace your bulkheads, you will be surprised at how strong the framework will be.  Check out the build logs for the 1:48 scale Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat.  There are a lot of tips and techniques in them that will help you with your build.



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Current Build - Armed Virginia Sloop, 18th Century Longboat

Completed Build - Medway Longboat

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Welcome to MSW!  Great to see another military medic aboard!  Definitely check out the build log of others to see what you can expect with this nice kit.

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:piratebo5:welcome to MSW, 

Have fun!!

Current builds;

 Henry Ramey Upcher 1:25

Providence whaleboat- 1:25     HMS Winchelsea 1764 1:48 


HM Cutter Sherbourne- 1:64- finished    Triton cross section scratch- 1:60 - finished 

Non ship:  SBD-3 Dauntless 1:48 Hasegawa -FINISHED



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