Week 22  Some more planks

The bits we received

Shorter planks this week, but they seem to be better quality.

And what we did with them

Planking continues pretty much as instructions.  You can see both sides of the stern, and you'll notice that the gaps on each side are slightly uneven.  This was just how the planks wanted to lay and I didn't see any point in forcing them.  It's as easy to fill 2 small gaps as it is one large one.
The first plank that goes round the stern needed steaming.  An easy job with a kettle (non-automatic, otherwise it switches itself off and you don't get any steam.) but mind your fingers.  Just warm the plank in the steam and bend it gentle and evenly till it matches the curve of the stern.  Tape it in place and let it dry before gluing it in place.
Plank each side evenly to stop the model warping.
I always let each plank dry before doing the next one and wipe away any excess glue.

The rudder carrier went on just before the planks started to cover it.  It looks quite fragile, so it went on at the last possible moment.

You can see some filler in the second photo.  That's car body filler - I had some left over from another job.  Bear with me on this subject - I'm still wondering about the best thing to use.  Car body filler would seem ideal, as long as you can glue the raised planking to it.  I want to try it before recommending it.  If anybody has a better idea - please let me know.

Hot tip of the week

This weeks tip is from Gordon Davie.

When you're attaching the cabin walls to the deck, the glue has to be
applied along the edge of the cardboard, which means there isn't much of a
contact area and thus you don't get a very strong bond. Adding more glue is
likely to spoil the appearance of the card.

A simple solution is to use a small piece of scrap wood to give the
cardboard something to bond to. I use the narrow strips left behind when the
hull frames are removed from the main sheet (where the location slots are).
You don't need a large piece, something about half the size of a matchstick
is fine. (Come to think of it, a matchstick would be ideal!)

Just glue it to the deck behind where the wall is going to go, and let it
dry. Then when you fix the wall in place, glue it to your support piece and
you'll get a firm bond.

Thanks Gordon - an excellent idea.

One more tip.  When you're planking the hull, the edges of the deck are vulnerable to knocks and breaks.  They can be protected with masking tape, which you can see in the photos above.

How many hours does it take to build the model ??

This week :

 5 hrs

Running total :

24 hrs 20 mins

Take me to week 23