Ran into a snag during the build with the bending of the hull planks. Managed to work something out and move on. This bumps up my completion timetable, and I’m hoping to have the is pretty much wrapped up in 10 days or so.
I started working on planking the hull of the Himi Tenma shortly after my last post. The first thing to do was to cut a cardboard template to the approximate shape of the hull plank.
This was done by taping a piece of cardboard into place on the model. The bottom edge was traced with a pencil onto the cardboard. The shape at the bow was approximated, and the stern end was cut off a little bit long. The top edge was derived by marking the top edge at the ends of the model. I then used a thin wood batten to create a fair curve and traced that shape onto the cardboard template. The template really does not need to be very accurate. It just has to be big enough to work, and a bit oversized is best.
The template can now be used to help select the wood. I…
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