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Paul Beeney19/07/2019 16:50:25
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Hi All

Thanks for all the advice about bending wood steam it is the! Now for the next problem deck planking ? do you start in the centre or the side seen videos of both. How do you shape the edge planks to fit the side ? by the time I have finished this boat you will be sick to death of me

Thanks for your help Paul

Colin Bishop19/07/2019 17:02:49
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Which kit are you building Paul?

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John W E19/07/2019 17:50:32
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49. pre-bending deck edge planking.jpgHi there

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John W E19/07/2019 17:50:51
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As stated above, let us know the kit you are building - but - the way I plank my decks (whether it be wrong or right) I begin at the centre of the deck longitudinally from bow to stern - drawn a centre line - and lay your first centre plank there - normally called the king plank and this one is slightly wider than the rest of the planks. Then, I glue in the edging planks right around the edge of the decks and I do these in sections I bend them by heating the planks in boiling water & steam BE WARNED THIS CAN SERIOUSLY HURT. Use tweezers or some form of grips to remove the planks from the boiling water/steam and clamp them to a thick piece of plywood/wood with the radius of the plank drawn on. Leave it until the plank cools down.

When I have all the outside planks in on the model - and glued in place - and I am happy - I begin from the centre (king plank) one plank either side. Any deviation of the plank thicknesses can be made up by either slightly thinner/thicker planks width wise. Also, to assimilate the corking between the planks, I tend to use a biro (black ink) do not use a felt tip pin as this tend to run into the grain of the plank and stain it.

I then use a Stanley knife blade to level all the planks off when they have dried and then a light sand with some very fine sand paper. Then I stain with either coffee or old tea bags to the colour I require. Seal the deck with satin varnish (several coatings). There are several photographs in the album of mine entitled Hull.

Paul Beeney20/07/2019 17:26:23
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Hi All thanks for the tips it’s a beginners kit by Billings fishing boat Dana instructions are poor as a beginners boat it would have been nice if they had tried to teach you how to make the model

Thanks Paul

Colin Bishop20/07/2019 18:16:07
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Having had a look at some photos of the model it appears that the deck planks run straight forward and aft. In which case keep it simple and do as John suggests. Lay a central plank and then all the others parallel to it, trimming the edges as necessary as they reach the sides of the hull. That should give a perfectly adequate looking effect on this type of model/kit.

Billings aren't known for making things easy!

Colin

John W E20/07/2019 18:40:55
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Hi have a look at this build blog it may help you out

https://shipmodeler.wordpress.com/category/ship-model-build-logs/billing-boats-dana/

john

Edited By Colin Bishop on 20/07/2019 18:44:00

Colin Bishop20/07/2019 18:45:34
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That is a really helpful post John.

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