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Building a Bread-and_Butter Solid Hull Ship Model

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

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Building a Bread-and-Butter Solid Hull Ship Model

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.

We are launching a project Building a Bread-and-Butter Solid Hull Ship Model to show step-by-step how it’s done.

Looking for a beginner ship model kit to build?

Midwest Products “Success Series”

Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit

A great place to start ship model building hobby

Follow along as we build the plank-on-bulkhead kit

Because of their shallow draft, flat-bottomed work boats called “flatties,” were popular around the turn of the century along the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia to North Carolina.

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Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie model ship kit

The simple lines of these boats 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. While solid-hull ship model kits are generally considered easier than plank-on-bulkhead kits, the flat sides and square corners of this kit make planking a breeze, and simpler than the sanding and shaping required for most wood solid hull kits. Follow along as we post updates to our Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit Building Project.