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Brian Muir25/07/2020 17:54:32
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I saw this construction method in a book, but with very limited information about the process. So I have drawn up some plans, not sure how to do this, but I have given it a go. From my plans I have traced out the shape of the frames. I intend to cut out each frame and try it out in place with one or two planks to see how they look.

Brian Muir25/07/2020 17:57:13
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Brian Muir25/07/2020 18:10:39
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Brian Muir25/07/2020 18:12:23
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Brian Dickinson 125/07/2020 18:20:44
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Hi Brian.
I am curretly back on planking a yacht. I have to say it’s jolly hard to do. But then I like results in an hour or so 😜

I am glad that I will be painting the model. Good luck with the build I will be following with interest.


Tim Rowe25/07/2020 20:54:06
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You're a brave man Brian

Genuine Clinker construction is quite unforgiving and at the scale you are doing, very fiddly. I would be interested what book you have been referring to.

If you will pardon my comment on your design. You have drawn something more like a fishing boat hull but in any case a hull that will need serious amounts of ballast to be stable. Rowing boats have much flatter bottoms even if they have round bilges. Pram dinghies which have a transom at the bow and at the stern are much easier to build clinker style than dinghies that have a stem like yours. Maybe you can morph it into something else but at the moment it is going to be a strange rowing dinghy. Without ballast it will list one way or another and the correct term for that is loll. ie unstable when upright which when you think about it is a weird condition for a boat.

Following because I really like to see things a bit out of the ordinary.


Tim R

Brian Muir26/07/2020 17:33:14
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Hi Tim, I am worried I have bitten off more than I might be able to chew! the hull shape is quite flat bottomed, the drawings and frames are extended above the gunwale line.


Brian Muir26/07/2020 17:36:34
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dsc_0018.jpgdsc_0020.jpgThe book I saw the build is shown below, the kit is by Kish Model Boats


Brian Muir26/07/2020 17:48:06
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I have adapted the shape of the frames, in the book the keel sits on top of the frames, this would mean that the first plank is glued to the top edge of the keel, I felt that if I cut a slot in the top of the frame, then the keel could sit into it and the planks would be glued midway down the height of the keel, this way the keel will show through in the bottom of the boat.


Ray Wood 226/07/2020 20:54:18
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img_20200726_203455.jpgimg_20200726_203525.jpgHi Brian,

I bought this super book maybe 30 years ago but never plucked up the courage to build one !!

Published by and bought at the National Maritme Museum at Greenwich, it has a drawing of a dinghy with all the moulds and plank positions and best of all the individual plank shapes 😀

Pm your email I'll try and scan to you, it may help your build 👍

Regards Rayimg_20200726_203510.jpg

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