I decided to just go with 2 Strakes going all the way forward instead of 3. In order to get 3 in there, I would have had to make them too thin. So I’m just using 2 and I’m going to just use filler Planks for the rest.
I feel a bit of a failure because my intention was to have all the Planks reach the Bow and for them to all go to the Stern. I suppose experience is the only cure for this miscalculation… I’ll just know better next time.
But… I must say that all in all, I’m quite happy with what came out, filler and all.
So here it is January 1st 2020… Beginning the new year so I figured it was time for me to complete the HMS Surprise.
What happened was that on the Flying Fish project, I ran into a little bit of a snag.
The kid by corral only provided less than about three-quarters of a meter of the flexible Beech wood. I only had just enough to complete the interior planking along the gunwale, and it didn’t leave me enough to finish up the caprails.
Sewing in anticipation of this time, I had ordered some more Beachwood from Modelers Central but they are based out of Australia! This is around two weeks ago. Well, come to find out that there’s a difference between plain Beech wood and flexible Beech wood!
So now I have all this wood that I’ll probably end up finding a use for… but they’re not useful to me right now!
So I went ahead and bit the bullet and reordered some flexible Beech wood from the same company but it will be another two weeks!
Turns out this flexible Beech wood is really expensive! So I probably got enough of this stuff to last me for the next few models anyway!
But I have nothing to do in the meantime since I have to wait to install the cap rail before I could continue with doing anything else so I decided to start back on the HMS Surprise.
At this point, I am installing the supports for the main deck…
I ended up deleting the entire Planking series of blog posts that I did. I realized that I was doing the Planking completely wrong and I just didn’t want to put it out there. I’m still considering redeeming them but I have to think about it.