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Michael Cole 719/01/2020 17:31:30
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Hi Ray,

Your drawing looks different to mine, I think mine is older as the layout is slightly different.

Kind regards


Edited By Michael Cole 7 on 19/01/2020 17:32:09

Michael Cole 721/01/2020 14:47:47
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Hi or Help,

Is there any difference between tissue paper and modelling tissue?

My rttl calls for heavy weight tissue or silk to be applied to the hull.

What is the opinion of the community with regard to the use of the above please?

Kind regards


Michael Cole 721/01/2020 14:50:15
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I should add that I have given the hull two coats of shellac sanding sealer.



ashley needham21/01/2020 15:21:45
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Michael. There is no single opinion regards hull finishing. There are loads of different methods, and to be honest all of them are valid.

As you have used sanding sealer (which can crack over time) then the easiest method might be tissue paper (heavyweight present wrapping tissue) and dope, or EzeKote. Better still, glass tissue or cloth. You can get really fine glass cloth, like silk. EzeKote is easy to use as water based, or some favour resin of some sort...Z-poxy is a favourite.

there is a forum post on hull finishing, and DM has written a very good expose on the subject. Look on right hand side column, scroll down to....Article database....hints and tips...wooden hull finishing.


Edited By ashley needham on 21/01/2020 15:25:13

Edited By ashley needham on 21/01/2020 15:27:36

Ray Wood 221/01/2020 15:46:45
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Hi Micheal,

Heavy weight tissue is much more robust, I use wallpaper paste which can be brushed through the heavy weight tissue to keep it in place, and once dry a couple of coats of shrinking dope, then primer.

Having said that your plywood hull and hardwood bow blocks don't actually need the extra strength of glass cloth and epoxy resin, granted it doesn't add that much weight. I have 40 year old ply boats just painted and they are fine

Balsa and liteply is another thing and do benefit from glass cloth and resin to make them ding proof.

Regards Ray

Michael Cole 721/01/2020 18:27:57
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Hi both,

Thank you for your prompt reply, I appreciate your guidance.

Kind regards


Michael Cole 722/01/2020 19:43:15
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Can someone tell me what width to allow for the deck planking on the rttl please.

I was thinking of 5 mm.

Kind regards


Dave Cooper 623/01/2020 16:51:56
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Hi Michael

I think mine varies at about 2-3mm depending on whether it's on a 'straight run' or a 'tapered' bit. That's at 1/48 scale (ish).

Are you at 1/2" to 1 foot (1/24) ? If so, I should think 5-7mm will look about right.


Michael Cole 723/01/2020 20:18:56
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Hi Dave,

Yes you are right 1/2 to 1 foot.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards


Michael Cole 724/01/2020 15:22:08
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Gunwales call for 3 X 1.5 mm ply could someone suggest an alternative please also should these be glued in place before applying tissue or can they be added after tissue.

Thank you


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