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.
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.
Solid-Hull Models Present a Challenge: Finding a Large Enough Block of Wood
Bread-and-Butter Solid Hull Construction Makes Scratch-Building Easier
Cutting Planks to Ship Plan Waterlines Shortens Hull Shaping Time
One of the most popular methods of scratch-building a solid hull for larger ship models, called the bread-and-butter technique, reduces the thickness (and expense) of wood needed as compared to the solid block method.
This method uses the waterlines from the ship plan to cut out several planks that will be layered like slices of bread to create the solid hull, and glued together (the butter).
A major advantage of this method – in addition to less cost for wood than a solid block – is that since each plank is cut to the breadth of the hull at a certain level, there is less filing and sanding to reach the final shape than a single block of wood, which must be cut to the widest breadth of the hull.