Concept to Reality

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Design stages
Building the hull (1 of 4) pointer
Deck details and masts
Rigging and Sails

Building the Hull Stage 1

Precise templates are created for the ribs or bulk-heads required to build an accurate and true-scale hull. Those sections are then created in wood and placed in position on the keel. The keel itself is often built-up from several scarfed pieces, very much like the original.

Hull frames

A variety of grades and types of hard- and soft-woods are used, depending on purpose, location and function. Wood grain is also a factor since the grain has to look natural at scale, but of course only when visible.

Image of hull construction

The sections are shaped and sanded to allow for planking to be applied in a smooth and fluent manner. Additionally, cant frames and breast hooks are also often used in a model's construction. The picture above shows the hull construction of an early 19th century brig.

The clinker and carvel hulls of two 18th century ship model boats shown below.

Image of ship's boats

Hull construction of a modern Johnson 75 motor yacht model shown below.

Hull Construction

After a yacht hull has been completely planked, she is sanded smooth and faired. Then the hull is coated with an epoxy-resin recipe, creating an incredibly strong, smooth and resilient hull.

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Concept, content & Design: The Art of Age of Sail