I have a small book titled “The Construction of MOdel Open Books” by Ewart C. Freston. Published in 1975 by Conway Maritime Press Limited, Greenwich, London.
This was some 38 years ago and in the text the author mentions that he uses “Seccotine” as an adhesive. According to Wikipeda this is a “(…) a brand of refined liquid fish glue used for gluing paper and card and as a binder in gesso, which remains flexible after drying. It is also used in the mounting of preserved insect specimens, as it can be dissolved in water if the specimen must be removed for further investigation.”
You can still get it evidently – Seccotine
In any case .. I got sidetracked there. I was looking over the bit in the book where the author is talking about hollowing out the shell. In the past this part has puzzled me – as it (to me) made little sense. It says ..
Surprising as it may seem, with a boat such as the one I am describing, a thickness of 0.002″ can quite easily be reached, and with practice even less. The shell of the 28’0″ New Bedford Whaleboat, of which there is a photograph in the Introduction, has a thickness of 1/2″, which, at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″, is 0.0011″.
I was just looking over that again .. when I focused in on the passage “a thickness of 1/2″, which, at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″, is 0.0011″.”
Well. It seems that whoever did the proofreading for this book must have been “math challenged” .. 1/2″ at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″ is 0.011″ .. NOT .. 0.00011″ .. so the earlier statement of “(…) a thickness of 0.002″ can quite easily be reached (…)”
Now .. I am MUCH less puzzled .. at least by a factor of 10.