Planking the Hull

placing pins to hold planks in place

The photos give some idea about planking the hull. Several years ago I was able to observe some actual on-going hull restoration on the ill-fated Bounty. Shaping and fitting the planks whether on a model or the “real McCoy” is not easy. I have used other more attractive woods on other projects, but I’m planning to paint and cover the hull with scale brass plates, and so bass wood works just fine.

planking the hull of the Enterprise

It seems that everyone who builds a model ship has invented techniques and “tricks” to solve the planking difficulties. I soak the wood in water, then pin and hold the strake in position until it dries. Each strake demands its own shape, so it takes a lot of patience and many “time-out’s!”

detail of planking on the stern

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