Sultana build log – Part 32

Here are some shots of the planking / caulking procedure. I first cut a length of strip to just larger than the required size, then slowly sand one end a little at a time until it fits perfectly. Then I cut a matching length of the plastic. Glue is applied and the strip is added as shown below, with a tiny space between the old and new strips.

Plank with glue in place
Plank with glue in place

Then the plastic strip is put into place between the two deck planks. I start at one end, then run my finger down the length of the strip. After that, the deck plank is firmly pushed into place and excess glue is removed.

Black plastic fitted into the gap
Black plastic fitted into the gap

And at last the deck planking is complete.

Deck planking complete
Deck planking complete

One par´╗┐ticular challenge was the hole for the rudder. This picture on the site ship25bsa.smallsquareddesigns.com was especially helpful in creating the detail of the hole´╗┐.

Rudder hole
Rudder hole

Next I need to decide how to handle coloring the deck and adding trenails.

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