Here I am pressing the copper plates on to the hull. The process of copper plating wooden ships began in the latter part of the 19th century as a measure to keep sea worms from damaging the hulls as commercial efforts carried the ships into warm waters. Copper plating was the solution.
I’ve used copper craft tape with adhesive backing, a strip marked before cutting and attaching to the hull. With some experimentation, I decided to simulate the nails by marking each “plate’ with a wooden toothpick. I will eventually tone the plates with a salt water/vinegar solution to dull the finish. This will come later. Patience is the operative word!