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Dec 12, 2019, 02:29 AM
Me and a guy with a mustache
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She's looking great. Can't wait until you get to the planking so that I can get an idea of the difficulties, if any.
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Dec 12, 2019, 09:46 AM
Big Boats Rule!
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Mike, what are you thinking of for the top hatch? I could see a solid block of balsa with a magnet to hold it down. Plank the top same as the deck. It would be nearly invisible. Of course, you could also make it look like a hatch or something. There is always functional storage lockers on boats.


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Dec 12, 2019, 06:15 PM
Mt. Dora, Florida
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Thanks Babble, I'm getting ready to start the planking shortly and will post pics of the progress. It will be a bit of a challenge since you are required to tapper some if not most of the planks at both ends of the boat. I usually get started by measuring the hull bottom and sides at it's widest point and then determine how many planks it will take to cover it. Then I do the same at the bow and stern so this will give me some idea of how many planks to tapper. One good thing is, this is a double planked hull, so the first (balsa) layer can be applied any which way the main goal is to get it covered. The second layer (mahogany) is the show finish, so care must be taken here to get as close and as neat a fit as possible. The least amount of filler or putty that is used here is better because once finished the filler tends to stick out like a sore thumb.

Hi Dave, I'm with you on the invisible hatch, I quite often use magnets versus latches, for ease of use. But, I'm thinking of making a former to match the shape and contour of the opening and then use some two thin layers of plywood sandwiched together with epoxy. I have used this method in the past and you could just about stand on it without it losing it's shape. But I'm far off from that yet and still thinking about. I still haven't found that negative action yet for this modification, but I'm sure it will show up sooner than later.
Dec 28, 2019, 05:40 PM
Mt. Dora, Florida
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I have started the planking with the first layer of planking which is the balsa strips. I did what I usually do to most kits is to beef up the framing, which are 1/8" plywood. I used some scrap wood strips to beef up the edges of the frames to about 1/4" thickness, which will help the planking lay better and easier with more surface to secure it to while the glue dries.
Jan 01, 2020, 06:25 PM
Mt. Dora, Florida
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I have the first layer of hull planking about finished with a few odds and ends to clean up. Dumas gives you a template to use to form the bow and stern area with a hard wood or hard balsa, once you attach the wood, you then have to shape it to form the nose and rear of the boat to match the contour of the hull.
Jan 08, 2020, 09:06 AM
Mt. Dora, Florida
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I have the drive train all ready for installation when I get ready to put it in.


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