Week 26  This week we start the second layer of planking.

The bits we received

A couple of sheets of veneer and some printed card. 

And what we did with them

Step one - gluing the card onto the veneer.  You will have to take the card off the veneer again, so choose your glue very carefully.  Don't choose anything that is too strong.  A glue stick (Pritt or similar) may work, but put the glue on the paper, not the wood.  However, I used a re-positionable photo mount spray adhesive.  Again, spray it on to the paper, not the wood, and follow the instructions to the letter.  This sticks firmly, but peels off and doesn't leave any glue on the wood.

The veneer.  Have a good feel of this.  You will notice that it has a rough side and a smooth side.  Stick the card to the smooth side and leave the rough side to be glued to the hull.

Cutting the bits.  What a pain this is.  I didn't have any suitable scissors, and I'm not convinced that using scissors is a good idea anyway, so I used a very sharp knife and steel rule, and cut as close as I could to the lines.  Leave a little bit to sand off.  I then sanded the edges down to the lines on the card.  The wood is very hard and you'll go through quite a lot of sandpaper and knife blades.  When you've finished, turn all the bits over and have a look from the wrong side.  Check that they are all even.  Then put the matching ends together and see that they join in a straight line and are the same width.  Get them as good as you can at this stage as it will make life much easier later on.

A deviation from the instructions.  The instructions tell you to put them on the model with pins.  I'm going to suggest that firstly, you wait till you've got the aft planks (which come next week) and made sure that they are all finished and fit together perfectly first.  Then I'm going to suggest that you use small pieces of masking tape rather than pins.  This will allow you to reposition the planks a couple of times so that you can get them perfectly positioned.  It will also save you having to fill in holes and repair split planks.

This week took far longer than I expected, but as they say, patience is a virtue.

Hot tip of the week

1.  When you are sanding down the edges of the planks you will end up sanding the skin off your thumb.  The smarter modeler will learn from my pain and put a plaster on his thumb before he starts work.  This will pad your thumb and prevent the injury.

2.  Another tip on filler - this time from Tony.

I use a wipe on filler: Get an old towel say about 18ins long wet one end then use Bartoline ready to use filler dab the wet end in then rub over the hull fills every problem, and then use the dry end to clean up. I use two types of glue a light version so that timbers can be moved to their appropriate position after drying. I then brush High Gloss Wood Glue which does two tricks 1. It Seals and 2. You won't need a primer.  I recently used this technique an Oyster Smack with 6 of us on board it didn't sink.

Thanks Tony

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

This week :

5 hrs

Running total :

55 hrs 20 mins

Take me to week 27