Xacto knife handle The next plank to go on will be a piece of molding. A rabbet joint is cut between these two lines using a #11 Xacto. excellent article but the links to the plans and your site are broken. The only difference is that you are working with much smaller dimensions so you need a much smaller saw to cut such pieces without tearing the wood up. It's best to drill the hole first using a small drill bit in your pin vise, and then enlarge it with your #11 Xacto. The aft cant frames do not have as pronounced of a bevel cut into the foot of the frame either. Use the drawing(s) with the file name "Frame Plan 1.pdf", "Frame Plan 2.pdf", and "Frame Plan 3.pdf" for a template of the keel (tape the three drawings together). REMEMBER, A DULL BLADE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A SHARP ONE BECAUSE YOU TEND TO USE MORE FORCE TO MAKE THE BLADE WORK FOR YOU. Holly is the preferred wood of model ship builders because of its clear, white color. Dimensioned mini-square (Micro Mark #82147) You should have stopped at the point where the quarterdeck begins (frame 14) and the main deck ends. By design, they are screwed to the jig base so that they can be removed easily later on. A SLIP OF THE BLADE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. Fairing the hull is the process of sanding the hull smooth so that it no longer has that stair stepped effect. The quarterdeck has two hatches with grating covers that are made in the same manner as the main deck hatches. You want to test fit the scarf joint of the stem with the scarf joint of your keel. Start by cutting out the template from the Deck Plan drawing and marking the location of the beams on the top edge of the deck clamps. Start by first cutting your boards into billets that are 1/4" thick using your table saw or band saw. Because a model ship often uses wood that must be milled to very small dimensions, all fractional measurements given in these instructions will be in thousandths of an inch. So that you will be prepared when the time comes, here is a list of certain supplies you will find yourself using routinely: This will leave a recess on each side of about 1/16" or .062", but that recess will get smaller at the sternpost because you tapered the keel on each side. These were used to tie off some of the rigging. Congratulations, you've begun your hull planking! Short keels are used inland (like rivers, lake, or canals) where the possibility of tipping is lower. You will also notice that the deck beam has a curvature or camber in it. Most kits require some basic tools to assemble, like a wood plane or sander and small pliers, so make sure to check the requirements before you start building. These pieces are called carlings. Some scrap filler pieces are added on each side of the counter area I mentioned earlier. As the 20th photo shows, 5 rows of planking were added above the wales. It attaches to the two frames opposite the companionway (one on each side). on Introduction, 6 years ago REMEMBER, A DULL BLADE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A SHARP ONE BECAUSE YOU TEND TO USE MORE FORCE TO MAKE THE BLADE WORK FOR YOU. A SLIP OF THE BLADE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. The last detail tol make in this step will be the binnacle. Once all of the frames are installed, as shown in the last photo, the clamps at the bow and stern are removed by simply removing the screws. KNOW YOUR TOOLS AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM. It too has a half circle to fit the cylindrical part of the windlass. This second piece goes down to the deck as can be seen in that photo. After cutting your board into billets 1/4" thick, run them through a planer taking a little off each side until the thickness is 1/8". If you wanted you could add additional deck planking and purchase cannons from Model Expo to be installed on the deck. Now you can see how the bottom of the frames meet the rabbet joint. When the hull is close to being faired all over, switch to 100 grit, then 150 and finally 220 grit sandpaper. Each model boat will have its own instructions. The outer line is .320" from the end. Our model is just about finished now. The keel will be the long piece of the frame, running the length of the boat. You should plank the couter before you add the outer hull planks so that the outer hull planks cover the edges of the counter planks. Another strip of metal called the tongue was attached to the aft side of the mast. You will likely want a wood plane or sandpaper. Tweezer nose pliers (Micro Mark #80338) (2) .062" x .250" x 24" basswood - Deck clamps The area around the main deck is a little more difficult to work with because of the curvature of the hull at the bow. Manila folderCAUTION: PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT CAME WITH ALL OF YOUR POWER TOOLS TO UNDERSTAND THE SAFETY PROCEDURES ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF EACH TOOL. The trick is to get the positioning on the model such that you can insert the top of the rudder into the rudder opening and then set it down onto the gudgeon's that are attached to the ship.