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Sanding 2nd Layer Planks

Nothing much to say but Sanding Sanding Sanding…

Got the Plank holes on the Prow filled and sanded

One thing I found out about this Dap Weldwood Contact Cement is that it leaves these rubbery growths in between the Planks that sometimes come up on you and they’re really a pain in the ass to remove because they’re so tenacious.

I suppose that’s a testament to how strong this Contact Cement is. I do like using Contact Cement way more than using Titebond II and SuperGlue for this work.

Putty

I added some Dark Walnut Stain to some Elmer’s Putty.

Then I applied it to all the bits with holes in it…

Putty always reminds me of the Caulk they used to put between the Planks in these Ships

I especially wanted to cover up the holes in the Prow where the Planks came up to it…

Covering up the Plank holes

Starboard Side 2nd Layer

The Starboard side became a bit of a free for all. I knew it was misaligned from before but I ended up going from the King Fish Look… Now it’s ending up being like a… I don’t know what.

I tapered the planks down to approximately 2.5mm.

This is where I am now…

Do I have enough room for 2 more???… That is the question.

And look at what I have going on in the Stern!…

Hmmm… Not pretty. I have one off shaped hole for s Stealer

This is what happens sometimes… These things happen. And it’s up to the skill of the model maker to find a solution so that it doesn’t look like it was ever a problem… Hmmm what to do???…

Yeah… I’m going to have a few crazy planks, I can tell that right now!!!

Ok, I got some wonky ones… Totally improper but I’m just going to stick them in.

That point… Hmmm… 🤔
I know it’s weird but I had to use that space to not overstress that Plank. The end by the Bow was riding as it was… So I used SuperGlue to glue it down.

So here is the Starboard side so far with the Filler planks in… I mean… It doesn’t look too bad.

Starboard side almost done

As I work to making all these oddball Filler Plank sizes… I must say that this is probably one of my favorite parts about this hobby… Making these pieces. It’s especially rewarding when I use the Dremel to carve out a piece and when I go to try it out in the vacant spot and it fits perfectly. I’m getting better and better at that. Getting it right on the first try.

Here’s some of my odd shaped Filler Planks… The Starboard side was worse than the Port.

Long Fish Look Part 2

Here we are with the Long Fish Look on the Starboard side.

Long Fish Look

This is the look I get after I glued in the 3 Planks starting at the Keel with no tapering.

The next Planks I taper down to around 3 mm… Then 2.5mm… around there.

Then, I use Fillers in the Turn of the Bilge section.

Turn of the Bilge

Lower Band Closing Up

I’m in the process of closing up the lower band.

I started with the 3 Lower Strakes which had no tapering.

Then the next 4 Strakes I tapered down to about 3mm, however, towards the end, I ended up taking 2.5mm off.

I still would up having a huge gap in the middle which I now have to close up using Filler Strakes.

Port side Filling up gap with Filler Strakes

To be honest, I like to try and avoid using these unsightly Fillers by calculating the exact amount of Planks to go to the Bow and Stern.

I ended up with the Long Fish Look again… So using Fillers was a foregone conclusion.

It looks like I’ll be Painting the bottom anyway so I’m not too worried about it.

Another thing to mention too…

The instructions on the Dap Weldwood Contact Cement says to attach the pieces between 15 minutes to 2 hours.

I find that leaving it for too long… Even an hour, makes the glue lose its bonding quality.

So now I’m using Titebond II to finish up the Planking

Port side almost closed
Closed up Port side

I’m pretty happy with the Port side. It closed up pretty good. I’m only going to need a few spots where I have to use Putty. Mainly along the Prow and there’s a couple of spots on the Fillers that need Putty.

It’s better than having Putty all over the place! LOLOLOL!!!… 🤣🤭😲

Long Fish Look Part 1

I was looking at the remaining Planks necessary in order to complete the 2nd Planking.

As I was installing the 1st layer of Planks, I noticed this same phenomenon happening. I call it the Long Fish Look. It’s hard to get around. I haven’t quite got my head around it yet…

Long Fish Look Port Side… Notice the tail on the Stern?

No matter what I do, I have to compensate for that narrow portion on the after side of the ship… Hmmm…

Another look at the Long Fish Look on Starboard side