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.
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.
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.
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.
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