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Water-line Conversion of Injection Molded Full Hulls

measure twice, cut once....

Once the routing is done, it's a simple matter of cutting the remaining joins and separating the halves. The finished results might not look too promising at first, but having the cut line as even as possible is what I'm trying to achieve. The next step is sanding the cut line flat. This I do on my table belt sander using a fairly course grade of abrasive.

Care must be taken here as well because I only want to remove the half holes and no more. With the belt spinning, I gently lower the hull onto the table holding it in a flat position with my hands covering as much of the ships area as I can manage. This is done to keep the pressure on the sanding area as even as I can get it. All I do now is hold it there, turning it 180 degrees every few seconds. If the belt starts to bite into the hull, I know I am applying too much pressure and back off. I keep checking the progress all the time and continually test it on a dead flat surface.

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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