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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Derry, New Hampshire, USA
How to deal with smooth hulls?
Posted by rcboater on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 4:14 PM

I have a couple of the bigger Lindberg/ex-Pyro models:   The topsail schooner and the Harriet Lane sidewheeler.   Both have hulls with smooth exteriors-  no planking "detail" at all.

I'm of two minds when I think about it-  part of me says "just paint it- you shouldn't really see planking seams on a dark hull in 1/144 scale anyways."  But the detailer in me says " I can't leave it perfectly smooth - this isn't the hood of my car!"

I don't really want to try scribing a crapload of plank lines- it would be too easy to screw it up.

Maybe I could try putting some tape planks on the hull, put down a coat of primer, then peel the tape up and apply a color coat...?

Does  anyone have any ideas  or experiences to share?

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  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 4:29 PM

Good question. Another approach would be to build new hulls out of wood and plank those. More than once bashing up a plastic kit I've decided in hindsight that it might have been easier.

Bill

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  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, January 5, 2023 9:05 AM

Yes, I have lightly scribe a few lines of planking on kits like that.  I put them high on the hull where it gets a bit drier,  Works for me.  I little is better than too much.l  You are right, a freshly painted hull doesn't show many planking lines at a scale distance.

 

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, January 6, 2023 10:30 AM

So. ship planks varied in width.  The garboard planks next to the keel would be 2-3x wider than the rest of the hull.

Also, they wer not a uniform width the whole run, either.  A nominal 6" wide plank amidships might be only 2 or 3 inches at either end (on vessels short nough to have a single plank).  Technically, the top edge is what is scribed, and part of the back edge is "backed out" to fit the frames.

That's the rivet ounting of 1:1 scale construction.

Let's suppose a 6 inch by 20 foot plank at 1/144.

That translates to 0.0416 by 1.66 inches, a skosh more than 1mm x 42mm.  Just the thought of engraving at that sort of dimension makes my eyes ache Smile

I have no real answer, just noodling on the notion.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, January 6, 2023 11:25 AM

Harriet Lane at least is coppered.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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