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Bending Planks for the Stern Options
Castos
#1 Posted : 25 July 2011 12:00:15

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I am a newbie to the forum. I am having problems bending the planks to fit the stern - they either break or splinter. I have tried soaking and using a soldering iron. I have made a jig but it still splinters. Any advice will help. Any builders in the Pretoria area?

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#2 Posted : 25 July 2011 12:13:44
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Welcome to the forum Andre, this topic may assist you

http://forum.model-space...aspx?g=posts&t=2684

Colin's index of topic's will also be be useful

http://forum.model-space...t.aspx?g=posts&t=552
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#3 Posted : 25 July 2011 14:43:34

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Hi Andre and welcome
We all run into some difficulty and problems with the build. The forum is the right place to be. All the help and knowledge that you need. I soak the business end of the plank in a thermos of hot water, about 20 minutes to half an hour, and then use a soldering iron to bend, slowly, very slowly, little by little till I achieve the shape, pin and leave overnight to dry. Next time/day take off, final shape and chamfer, fit and glue and pin in place.
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#4 Posted : 25 July 2011 17:58:32

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Hi Andre,
With regard to bending the planks at the stern select the softest most pliable planks and soak them in very hot water and leave to soak overnight.
Using a soldering iron make the first bend ensuring that you allow the plank to twist as it goes around the stern.If you are lucky one bend is enough but if not allow the plank to dry then soak again for about 30 seconds and continue to bend using the soldering iron to complete the bend.
Work in small sections at one time and you will get there.The main thing is not to force the bend but be very patent.
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#5 Posted : 26 July 2011 08:25:32

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Hi Andre

All I can say is good luck I still have to start my section at the stern. I only hope that I will be able to do it since it is my first build and don't have any prior knowledge. Lucky we have some great builders on the forum.

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#6 Posted : 26 July 2011 08:32:22

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#7 Posted : 27 July 2011 08:41:57

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Hi Andre.

Welcome to the forum, all your questions will be answered by eager builders.
I can only advice you, don’t do a rush job, take your time, it’s not a race from start to finish.
Remember, you want to be proud on the end product especially if it’s you first time.
All my best wishes with your build.

Yes Andre I’m from Pretoria, you are more then welcome to sent me a pm.






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#8 Posted : 01 August 2011 13:39:29

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Thanks for all the help.

I built a Jig similar to Allen did and it works perfect.

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#9 Posted : 10 August 2011 12:23:46

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I do not know if this bit of advice will assist. When planking the hull, a dropper must be made. What I did was made a few dropper planks to the specifications given and when I require one, I put it in place and continue planking without going through the whole process. The dimensions are 5mm (width of a plank) tapered on one side to 3mm.

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BigGrin Hi andre and welcome with bending planks pick the softest and take your time,they will bend
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#11 Posted : 11 August 2011 09:56:05

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Hi Andre, are you coming right?
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#12 Posted : 11 August 2011 23:01:13

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Hi Andre

I live in Cape Town and I too have found the forum very helpful. I have bent the stern planks using steam from the old school kettle (the new kettle have the automatic switch off, so they don't work particularly well). I bend it in stages, usually takes about three stages. To date have only broken a few planks.

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#13 Posted : 12 August 2011 09:14:51

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Welcome Lionel! Whereabout are you?
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#14 Posted : 12 August 2011 10:56:20

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Thanks. Yes I have come right with bending the planks. I now must continue with planking the hull.

Andre
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#15 Posted : 12 August 2011 13:53:06

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Great Stuff! How about some pictaz?
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#16 Posted : 26 August 2011 18:11:30

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Thanks for all the replies.

Will post pictures when I figure out how to do it as I am "technological disabled".

Question: I cannot make heads or tails of fitting the bow plank. I have looked at the pictures but they are not accurate (Tomick's build - photos are at an angle). Could some one please take a close up from the front so that I can see what must be done.

Thanks

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#17 Posted : 27 August 2011 16:35:23

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What a stunning display of planking sir....

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#18 Posted : 29 August 2011 10:26:40

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Thanks for the help. Photo is good, but does not show the area I am interested in. See attched photo.
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#19 Posted : 29 August 2011 11:46:24

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Ok! Castos here is the link in my diary for that area:-

http://forum.model-space...s&m=21004#post21004

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#20 Posted : 29 August 2011 13:30:20

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Thanks Son of Bulwark. Now I can continue.

I will be off air until the middle of October as I will be returning to Afghanistan.

Cheers

Andre
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