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Old Mar 09, 2013, 07:02 PM
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I have been watching the build. The hull is looking very nice. I have never seen a sander like that, looks like it does a good job.

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Old Mar 15, 2013, 06:41 PM
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Planking

Today I cut the first of the mahogany planks. I want to thank John Campbell for the "how to" in doing this type of planking. I also want to thank Pat Matthews for his advice about this type of work. At this point I'm not sure if it has worked completely or not. I have sanded the mahogany plank to what I believe to be the correct shape but I have not fitted it to the hull yet.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 07:51 PM
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Spindle sander GOOD.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 08:05 PM
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Yes it is good also for thinning skin and finger nails. Yeow!!
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Looking good John, I to have lost skin to the evil sander
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:42 PM
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Ditto.
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 10:26 AM
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Great tutorial on planking. Thanks!
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 06:54 PM
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Planking

Today I fitted the mahogany planks to the hull. I had to bevel the edge that fits against the keel but they came out fitting pretty well. I also learned that each set of planks needs to be fitted individually using the spiling batten. I know all you other guys out there are saying "well duh" but I didn't know. On the second set of planks I did not make a styrene pattern first. I just transferred the marks to the mahogany and tomorrow I will cut out and fit the second set of planks. I won't post again until I finish the bottom planking completely. Unless of course I come across something of interest.
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 07:19 PM
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 10:45 PM
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GRAVMAN- You are to be commended on lofting and laying out of the planking. The real truth is that except for practice in doing the planking, you did not have to worry about tapering the bottom planking and just ran the straight planking, usually about 1/2 wide to the chine line. Then on the sides of the hull, you could use your lofted tapered planking from the chine to the shears. The reason I say this is that the bottom of the hull is going to be painted and the planking will not be visible.

Great job on the build.
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 11:57 PM
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Rich, you are right. The bottom will never be seen and it does seem to be a complete waste of time but I wanted to practice with the bottom planking first. I have never tried ths before and working on the bottom I am learning what to do and what works best. I know from just a few inches away you can not tell if the planks are lofted on a model. The mahogany blends together and looks great. Your beautiful models look fantastic. Today when I fit the second set of planks I will get to see if it is possible to get a good joint between them. This will be the test. If I can refine the fit along 44 inches of plank I will be one happy model builder. Working on the bottom lowers the stress level and gives me an idea of what the sides will look like if I try to loft those planks. If the bottom comes out reasonably well then I will do the sides the same way. If the bottom looks crappy then I will do the sides just like Miss Severn. That model is my inspiration. She is beautiful. Stay tuned and see how it turns out.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 02:28 PM
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Ok I just had to report that the fit of the second plank on the port side went very well. I had to do a little hand sanding in places but the important thing was that it had no gaps that needed filler. Surprised me I can tell you. I had to smile.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 03:03 PM
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You have skill+good luck, a winning combo !
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