As mentioned previously, 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.
A variety of grades and types of hard- and soft-woods are used, depending on the purpose, location and function. Wood grain often being an additional factor since the grain has to look natural at scale, but only when visible.
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.
Hull construction of a modern Johnson 75 motor yacht model shown below.
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.Previous | Continue