Paneling the Hull

It took a while, but I finally got around to start building the shell of the hull. Here’s how I do it:

Step 1: Sand the face of the board and line it up board with supports. Sanding makes the wood appear to be metal once it is painted. Make sure both ends are in the middle of a support, this makes sure the ends don’t curl out. (All NSM models come with everything pre-cut for optimal building.) I apply ample amounts of extra-strength white glue, with a little bit of CA glue on top. The CA is for a short term bond while the high strength white glue is for a long term bond. I have moved the first part of the model many times, and have never had any issues due to the joints.

Step 2: Push and hold the board onto the supports until the CA bonds. For the best gluing results I generally place a heavy block against the panel to keep it straight. Wipe up the excess glue and move on to the next panel. Here is the finished result:

It sure has been awhile since I have had a chance to post. Thankfully we have caught a week of wet weather, so I should be able to get quite a bit done. I have been hard at work working on spring finals and spring planting, and also planning and measuring the pilothouse and self-unloading boom. Both of those projects are going to take quite a lot of time, so I will just post updates every week or so as I get going with these.

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