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... :)
Freeboard planking up to main deck level done...
Pleased with progress. Sanding required now, gun ports to be cut into hull next...
One can never have enough clamps...
The first image shows the 3rd attempt at getting those first two strakes down such that it is symmetrical with the port side...
Total time spent on freeboard and inner planking up to main deck level is estimated to be ~18hr.
Done with the one side, starting starboard...
Decided to do full length inner hull planking. Will probably regret that when it comes to cutting the gunports.
Closer view of port planking
Day 2 - hull planking
I estimate it took about 7hr of hull planking to get to this point. The planking pattern in the bow is not too authentic and I'm (just ever so slightly) forcing the strakes to stay down across the bow to prevent a steep upward curve. This is forcing small stepped joints over the bow which I will be sanding down some weeks down the line.
And off we go...
It took me a couple of hours (no exaggeration)to glue the first plank.
The instructions are not very clear other than saying start 25mm below deck on bulkhead nr 15. Dry fitted it with pins a couple of times - trying to figure out how to position it such that the planks (strakes) can follow 'natural' lines and at the same time fit and position the first plank such that I do not have to trim/taper the planks above this one too much...
time will tell...
On this image one can also see the filler blocks that I added (balsa wood) between the stern bulkheads. They wont to much for this part of the hull planking but I think the filler blocks will assist with the lower part of the keel.
Also visible is some of the padding I had to do on the bulkheads to allow the hull strakes to follow natural lines. The idea of using the bulldog clips and paper clips to hold planks (that are not under tension) in place came from someone else's build log that I looked at some weeks ago. (as soon as I find it again I'll add the reference :) )