Captain Al Posted September 13, 2014 Share #1 Posted September 13, 2014 I am in the last stage of planking my model of HMS Bounty and because no-one is perfect, let alone a newbie like me, I can see some trouble looming ahead. I will attach some photos to show where I'm at right now and where I think I can go with it. The main point and reason for seeking help is that I can see that I will run out of space for planks at the bow even if I taper them from their 5mm width to 2.5mm. I have learned (should have paid more attention in high school geometry) that since these planks will be cut on a diagonal where they end at the bow, they will in fact take up 3.5mm each and not the 2.5 mm they will be tapered to. After reading all the tutorials and more build logs than I can count, I reach these conclusions as to what I have done wrong so far to cause this situation: (1) ran the garboard strake too far up the bow (even though I was trying to be careful not to), (2) did not start tapering my planks soon enough; coming down from the deck they should probably all have been tapered. Perhaps with such a bluff bow it was inevitable that space would run out. Its been suggested that I remove some strakes and do it over, but I cannot get my head behind this for many reasons (all of them left unsaid). So I intend to continue and believe that using a combination of correct techniques and ingenuity I can finish it up looking pretty good, even if not perfect from a theoretical standpoint. I've read all about drop planks and plan to start incorporating them soon, but I believe it would take too many to actually end up with few enough planks forward that they'd fit. I still need to fill the space at midships and that space does not really drop off much until the second frame from the stem. My planning is this: The next seven strakes down will need to be full width at the stern in order to be cut on a diagonal and fill the space of the apron (hope I'm using the term correctly). Running forward, these seven will be tapered to 2.5mm and cut diagonally and will fill 7x3.7mm or 24.5 mm, lets call it 25 mm -- out of the total of 52 mm of space there is left to fill. After that I will have about 14 planks left to fill up the midsection of the ship. If I can use drop planks to reduce the number of planks reaching the stem to 9 (ie 5 drop planks), I could fit them in if I taper them to 2.1 mm which breaks the rule of no more than half the width of the plank. And I realize that these math numbers will not work perfectly, so lets just say its all an approximation, albeit close theoretically. From midships aft, I think I can work it to fit all 14 planks, so I'll not go into that. Can someone please advise me if 5 drop planks in that space will look OK and if there is a particular place where they should go. I know I have to put them over a frame, but would it be better to bunch them low or spread them over the 14 planks. More importantly though, I would like advice on where to go with this if drop planks are not the answer or if it turns out even 5 does not do the job. I would then end up with a mid section that comes to a point and my thinking is that the only solution would be to taper the planks to points to make them fill the space. Can someone tell me if there are other solutions that I just don't see? I thank in advance anyone who spends the time to view my pics and offer some critique of my work so far, and suggestions for how to proceed. This site has been invaluable in my 9 month career as a modelist, and I truly appreciate all the work that goes into and the free time and advice that members offer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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