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I have recently purchased a Artesania Latina model  kit of the RMS Titanic’s Lifeboat. This kit was labeled  “Beginner”.  Although I have built several solid hull models  this was to be my first plank on  frame model and of course never tried to build a lap strake or clinker built model.  In the instruction book furnished with  the kit I was surprised to find  only one short paragraph devoted to the planking of this model and essentially it said  overlap the 1.5 x 7 mm planks by 2 mm.  There was nothing not even a hint about  tapering the  planks at the bow and stern nor fitting them into the stem and stern or any bending or fitting  problems one might encounter.  My question is can anyone of you suggest a book which might enlighten me on the subject of  clinker built  models and/or have any ideas how to proceed.  Thank you.

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There are many books dealing with planking, but before investing in one, you may want to have a look at the many excellent articles in this website that basically eliminate the need to invest in such books, I will list some of them in my explanation below. 


The problem with using straight planking strips provided in kits, especially for clinker planked models, is that it is difficult to get the proper shape of the plank.


One solution is to edge-bend the planks as seen in the link below:




Another solution is to spile the planks. Spiling basically means shaping the plank in such a way that it lies properly on the hull. To do this, you may need to get a wider wood sheet from which you can spile the plank to its proper shape. Have a look at the articles below on how you could spile your planks from wood sheet:








The examples used in the articles are carvel-planked hulls, but spiling for a clinker-planked boat follows the same principles with the following additional work:


1.) overlapping the planks in such a way that the upper edge of the lower plank is covered by the lower edge of the plank immediately above it by 2mm in your particular boat (see cross section below): 





2.)Another task to be done is blending together all the planks at their fore and aft edges so that the clinker effect disappears at the fore and aft ends of the boat (see example below). This is done by gently sanding the fore and aft edges of all the planks.




If despite the above articles, you still wish to get a book, then you may want to try "Planking the Built Up Ship Model" by Jim Roberts.


Good luck on your endeavor.

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