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Old Aug 15, 2004, 12:26 AM
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I generally use lite ply/1/8" for stations/bulkheads when constructing a scratchbuilt hull. Planking generally is balsa in either 1/16" to 1/8" thickness. Ca'd to the stations as they lay. With this method, you generally will have some areas in the planking that need filled and i usually do so with the new light fillers. Then once the stern and bow blocks are faired in and everything is fair to my likeing, i then will proceed with the fiberglassing stage. Hull sanding/fairing and attachment of the bilge keels or any other items needing sealed in place by the final resin coat stage. Then removal from the building board and ultimately removal of those light ply bulkheads for the most part, except for those that will remain in place. Some people i know use the light ply for superstructure construction and then cover this with styrene(.020 to .040) or aircraft ply(1/64 to 1/32nd inch.). Gives a smooth surface and sharper corners. Hope this helps.
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