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Water-line Conversion of Injection Molded Full Hulls

Next step. After I am happy with the sanding results, It's time to cut the base plate. Here I use some 2mm acrylic sheet and it's a simple job of holding the hull completely still and tracing it onto the sheet. I don't do it exact and leave a bit of overhang all the way around.

Using a dead flat hard surface, I fit the base plate stiffener into the hull brace cutout slots and sit this onto the base plate. Here I will add a few drops of superglue along the wooden strake and base plate, fixing it into position. Once set, remove the hull and run superglue the entire length of the strake.

Again let set, or like me, hit it with accelerator, then fit the hull back on top. Here I sometimes use clamps to hold it there, but either way, hold the hull perfectly still and apply superglue to the inside mated areas of the ship and base. Once again, it is critical that the whole assembly be held dead flat and still until completely dry.

Once glue has set, I will stand the assembly on its nose and squeeze heaps of superglue along the mated join and let it run the entire lenght of the inside join, sealing all areas.

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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