Garboard Planks Fitted (1619)
Garboard planks fitted, both port and starboard after a lot of agonising, trimming and re-trimming (and breaking strips of wood.) The model nearly went back into the cupboard but fortunately it came together after 'one more attempt'.
If I do get to a next model, I will approach this a bit differently. One mistake I made was fitting part of the false keel (to use as an edge) before cutting a rabbit (kerf) in the bottom to fit the garboard planks in. The garboard is now a butt-edge joint which will need some filling with shims to shape it as it rotates through to 'vertical'. Will deal with this when cleaning up/sanding the hull.
Marking Garboard Template (1615)
Finally back to the model after a 5 month break.
I removed the battens used to mark out the 5 planking bands after marking the edges on the bulkheads and struggled for a good couple of hrs to get the garboard plank shape sorted out. The garboard plank is the one next to the keel and can be an odd shape (ito width profile) as it twists through a full 90 degrees along its length. It is fitted adjacent to the false keel and if the profile is correct it will provide a natural curving edge for the plank next to it allowing a smooth fit.
In the end I stretched a piece of masking tape between the bulkheads, replaced the batten used to determine the planking bands closest to the keel making sure it never is more than 8mm away from the false keel. I then traced the edge on the masking tape and transefreed the masking tape to an 8mm Sapele strip. I bought the 8mm wide sapele wood strips specially for the garboard plank as the kit only supplied 5mm wide strips used for the rest of the hull planking.
Planking bands - reasonable symmetry
Symmetry looks OK. I did notice some highs & low spots across some of the bulkheads and adjusted these with 0.6mm veneer shims for the lows after these pictures were taken.
Next step is marking the planking bands on the bulkheads - removing the temporary battens and then tapering & fitting each individual plank going forward - starting with the garboard plank next to the keel.
Temporary planking bands fitted - view from Bow
It is going to be interesting to shape the Sapele hull planks across the bow shape.
Temporary planking bands fitted - view from Stern
Laying out planking bands to plan tapers and to minimise any lateral bending against grain of planking strips.
After this set of pictures some more 'shims' were inserted at some of the bulkheads to counter some 'low spots'
Yet another view of the model after completing the Freeboard Planking
(It is a milestone so three pictures at this stage is probably OK :) )
Freeboard Planking complete
Another view down the side of the ship of the completed Freeboard planking.
Have meanwhile been doing some research on planking and studying other web based build logs and am going to do the lower hull planking different to that proposed by the building instructions. (Although saying their are guidelines for planking in the instructions is somewhat of a stretch - it effectively says "Plank the lower hull" with some pictures).
I am going to follow the techniques outlined in "Simple Hull Planking Techniques for Beginners" compiled by Dirk Bakker, Greg Booker & Dave Rogers. I downloaded it from the web ("Model Ship Forum" ?)
Freeboard planking (finally) done. I'm satisfied with the way it looks after sanding. A couple of places where the planks were forced across its width and the resultant clinker appearance sanded down - but it turned out OK.
One can never have too many clamps
Gunports framed - Stern freedoard planking done
The Surprise moved into dry-dock again over the weekend after more than 6 month hiatus. I completed framing the gun ports and completed the stern upper planking. Bow upper planking still to follow and then planking the hull...
Gunports in Progress
Composite of cutting and framing the gunports.
Much 'psyching up' needed before taking a hobby knife to the planking that is so nicely shaped.
Inching forward we are... :)
Initial Sanding done
Now I need to take a knife to the model and cut the gunports...
give me strength... :)