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Second Planking Planks A – E

I put my Brush in a Large Pill Bottle so that it would stay moist the entire time I’m using it. Otherwise, if you leave it out, it will dry on you.

Pill Bottle for Glue and Brush
First Strake in

I’m using the .5mm x 5mm Sapelle Wood for the outer layer. It’s very similar to Mahogany. I had to special order some from eBay.

I am going to go with convention and call the Garboard Strake as the A Plank.

Port side

I glued in 5 Strakes without any Tapers. But now I will have to Taper down to 3.33mm to make them all fit to where the Wale are.

I wasn’t liking how the Planks met the Stem so I ended up putting Fillers in the Gaps.


It’s got a rough look but I like it. You have to figure a Ship like the HMS Endeavor was going to take a lot of punishment, going down to the Antarctic, etc. 🤔🙄😲


Garboard strakes or A strakes. The next two are the first broad or B strake and second broad or C strake. Working upward come the bottom strakes, lowers, bilge strakes, topside strakes, and uppers also named sequentially as the D strake, E strake, etc. The uppermost along the topsides is called the sheer strake. Strakes are joined to the stem by their hood ends.

A-F done both sides

Temporary Wale

I have been touching up with the Sanding and looking at the bare sanded ship now for a better part of two days. .. Thinking about how the next stage is going to go. 🙄🤔

Blank 1st Planking

This next Stage is pretty interesting but it takes a bit of preplanning.

First, I have to determine the line where the Wale, aka Rubbing Strakes, is going to run.

46mm to the top of the Wales

From the top of the Forecastle Bulwarks to the beginning of the top of the Wales is 46mm.

Temporary Wale with Pins
Starboard side Temporary Wale

I did take some measurements but mostly I did it by eyeballing it and gave the Wale a nice bend to make it look more rakish and nautical.

DAP Plastic Wood

I had a couple of spots that I needed to use this DAP Plastic Wood as Wood Putty.

Check out the Hyperlink for a link to DAP.

DAP Plastic Wood

I used it on my Bow at the very bottom where the fairing needed straightening out.

Putty on Bow Port side
Bow Starboard side

And on the Stern for a couple of Spots…

Stern Port side
Stern Starboard

The idea is to use as little Putty as possible. Which is why I bought the 3oz Tube. It tends to dry out if you leave it for too long. 🤔🙄


After following the Instructions and the diagrams, I have come to find out that the Instructions were very deficient! ..

Now I’m having to rework the Bulwarks on both the Quarterdeck and Poop Deck, Main Deck and the Forecastle.

Gluing in Plank against the Bulwarks
Bending Plank for Forecastle Bulwarks
Made a little Wedge to raise the Bulwark up 1 mm
Clamping in

I will Plane the excess down and sand it.

Bulwarks forward part of Ship
Bulwarks Stern portion


Stern Pre-Sanding

I went over the entire Ship with 120 Grit. Now, I’m going through with my 220 Grit and just using Sandpaper without a Block.

Starboard side Pre-Sanding
So far…
Port side Pre-Sanding
Port side so far
Stuff like this I try to sand out
Bow Pre-Sanding
Bow so far

Me Sanding the Hull . ..

Sanding the Hull

Finished Planking the Hull and begin Sanding

Hull (kind of) before Sanding

I simply couldn’t resist and started Sanding before I got all the Upper Deck Sides in. It was just irresistible. 🙄🤔

I use 120 Grit Sandpaper that is supposed to go on a Sander but I cut it down to fit these Micro-Mark Hand Sanders.

Micro-Mark Sanders
Port side finished
Starboard side
From the Bow

Mind you, this is all Pre-Sanding.

Starboard side Sides of Upper Deck
Port side

Those Straight Planks only needed to be Plane-d.

The only thing that required waiting was for the Contact Cement to dry.


Slowly getting there…


Closing Up the Hull Part 2

My previous Post was getting kind of long for closing up the Hull so I made a new Post.

Port side

I’m doing one side at a time because it’s all precision Plane-ing, Sanding to fit each Strake.

All the hard part is completed and I will miss this particular Phase of Ship Building, which is the Planking.

I realize that I have a few mistakes. .. Broken Planks, etc. But it all gets sanded down and the next Planking will cover it all.

Next is the Wales and upper Deck. 🤔🙄👍


I hate it when I miscalculate like this!!! .. 🙄🤔😫

I used to agonize when I first started out. I belong to several Model Ship Building Groups on Facebook and I often see guys who agonize over the smallest thing. Like being 1 mm off for example. I just shrug my shoulders. You just have to have a lot of patience and make the best of any mistakes. Shoot, you wouldn’t be a very good Ship Builder if you don’t make mistakes. That’s how you learn, right?

For my Wales, I’m thinking about trying out Glycerin and Hot Water to bend the Wood, as it’s a hard wood.

#18 Port side done

It really annoys me that I made a mistake on this Strake. I woke up and I decided to glue it. .. BEFORE Coffee!!! .. Well, I had it tapered and Pre-Bent for the Starboard side!!! .. Anyway… No biggy. .. Doesn’t look too bad. . 🤔🙄

Planking always seems like a journey to me… You take 1 Step at a Time…

#19 Strake

I skipped over #18 on this side because of my previous screw-up.. .

Still turned out good. I used Contact Cement and Superglue for the very forward part that Bends around the Bow White Glue for the rest.

I was thinking to myself that in the next build, I’m going to shape some Balsa Wood between Bulkheads #1 and #2. I hate it when the Strakes go flat between those 2 Bulkheads. 🤔🙄😫

Just about closed
Small Gap left Starboard side

That piece of Wood jammed in there is my Pre-Bent Strake that I will shape to go into that hole…

Last Strake to go in
Clamping in Last Strake!!!