I have at last completed the outer planking of the hull, and while it took a little longer than expected, the end result looks good.
The planking itself is constructed from 1mm thick strips of chemi-wood. Each strip was attached to the hull following the pattern of the planks on the drawings, starting with the ‘Whale Board’, the largest strip which runs the full length of the hull, and working upwards. Once the strips were attached, I filled in all gaps and sanded.
To get the subtle wood grain effect, I used a small wire brush to create scratch marks in the material. Why not use real wood? I have found that when two different types of material are stuck together, different expansion and retraction rates at changing temperatures can cause pieces to become unstuck, cracked, or split over time.
Creating the fine scroll work on the stern was a lot of fun, and it is very close to completion, as are the false gallery windows, which look like small bay windows on the side of the hull.
Next week, I aim to have the rear and the bow completed.
From Mike Bass, the model maker.