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Water-line Conversion of Injection Molded Full Hulls

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The two hull halves fresh off the sprues. Notice the internal hull bracing locator holes. The water-line is located somewhere between the two upper and lower points and as I have to know where to cut the bracing pieces, I will have to mark the line.

Now seeing that the center rib on the internal braces mark the water-line, using some flush cut pliers, remove the lower half of each brace, double-checking that none will extend below the cut line.

This is where I have to do more customizing to stop the dreaded 'banana' effect that may occur at a later date. The 'Banana' effect is what could happen (as it did on one of my previous builds) when the bow and stern lift a couple of millimeters because of the relatively thin flat base to be added.

So now I add a 5 or 6mm square wooden strake along the entire length of the base plate to keep it rigid and flat. To do this, each hull brace must have the dimensions of the strake cut out of their centers. As this is done, I glue each into its hole and make sure they are lined up correctly.

Once I am happy that everything is correctly aligned, it's time to mate the hull halves. This I leave overnight to dry.

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About Kym Knight (Rab)

I just love modelling stuff with big guns!


Great feature Kym!
FEB 03, 2010 - 02:27 AM
Very interesting Kym.....will try it out on my next project which will probably be the Trump Richelieu..... Take care Louis Malta
FEB 03, 2010 - 05:34 AM
Very nice feature. I have a ship in my stash that is a full hull in 1/700 scale that I want to make into a waterline. This will be of great help. Sam
FEB 03, 2010 - 05:58 AM
Thank you Kym for the tutorial.
FEB 03, 2010 - 06:31 AM
Kym Superb work on a clear & concise tutorial. A lot of work and its greatly appreciated. Cheeers Sean
FEB 10, 2010 - 12:18 PM
Kym - thanks for taking the ime and effort to put this together; instant bookmark for me! Cheers
FEB 13, 2010 - 07:40 AM