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Bulkheads – Attaching to False Keel

Obviously this is a what is called a “Plank on Bulkead” type of Ship Model. Where you lay the Planks across the entire Hull structure of the Ship.

Looking from Bow to Stern
Looking at it from her Port Side

After sliding the Bulkheads in, which they slid in beautifully, by the way… Usually these kits are far from “Exact” on their cutting. This one by Occre is good though.

15mm Basswood boards running through ship

This Basswood strip is for stabilizing the Bulkheads to one another.

My first problem just came up though. It just occurred to me that I need a Jig to hold the False Keel straight while I am able to get the False Keel straight while the glue has time to set.

The False Keel is bent a bit, but I don’t think it will be a problem because I’ll use the Jig and the forcing by the Planks that I glue in the future to hold it straight. It won’t take but about 2 or 3 Planks to be able to do that

You can see it’s warped.

Not the worst Warp I’ve seen though… 🙄🤔😫

Looking straight on…

I was just looking ahead at the Instructions. On this ship, they have you building it from the Top Down. I think I’m going to start it from bottom up though.

All the Bulkheads attached

False Keel

Laying out the False Keel. I noticed that there was a good amount of Warping in the wood, especially in the Stern section.

Laying out the False Keel
Warping in the wood

I applied Dap Weldwood Contact Cement to the joints using a Q-Tip. Then you wait 5-10 minutes.

Applied Contact Cement

I used Titebond Translucent Wood Glue to glue the support pieces on either side.

False Keel put together
Mast Slot done

The False Keel has a warp to it on the Stern end but I’m not worried about it.