Scratch-building a Plank-on-Bulkhead Ship Model

Using Prototype Ship Plans of Chesapeake Bay Skipjack E.C.Collier for

Scratch-Building a Plank-on_Bulkhead Ship Model

Easy curves and flat sides make planking easy

One of the most popular methods of scratch-building ship models is the plank-on-bulkhead method. In this method a number of bulkheads are used to build a skeleton of the ship which is then covered with planking.

We are demonstrating how to scratch-build a plank-on-bulkhead model from prototype ship plans using plans of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack E.C. Collier from the Historic American Engineering Record.

Follow along to see how easy it is to use prototype ship plans to create the bulkheads for this easy-to-plank model, perfect for a first-time scratch-builder, built to a large enough scale to install radio-control equipment.
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Free Plans U.S.C.G. Cutter Acushnet U.S.S. Shackle

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet serves 67 year career

That began as U.S. Navy salvage vessel USS Shackle

Decommissioned in 2011, she was the only World War II vintage vessel still in Coast Guard service

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Acushnet began service during World War II as U.S. Navy salvage ship USS Shackle (ARS-9). During her long career with the coast guard, she served as a tug, oceanographic research vessel, and medium-endurance cutter.
We have a complete set of Free Ship Plans for Acushnet/Shackle that include profile, deck, accommodation, lines, and shell expansion plans.
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Planking Midwest’s Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit

Planking the Chesapeake Bay Flattie

Midwest Products’ “Success Series” Model Ship Kit

An ideal start for beginning ship model builders

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Planking the Chesapeake Bay Flattie

In the latest installment of our on-line building project of Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie model ship kit, plank the hull sides and bottom.

The simple lines of Chesapeake Bay Flatties that made them ideal for locals to build from locally-available lumber also make this an ideal ship model kit or a person with no prior wood ship model building experience. The kit comes with die-cut and pre-cut parts, as well as fittings, rigging line, sail material, and a well-done set of instructions and building plans.

Click on the links below to visit each stage of construction:

Chapter 1: Assembling the Keel and Bulkheads
Chapter 2: The Deck
Chapter 3: The Mast Step and Bow Stiffeners
Chapter 4: Keel and Chine Strips
Chapter 5: Installing the Cabin
Chapter 6: Planking the Hull
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