|Keel and framing|
I brought the graphics into Sketchup to create a mesh that I could manipulate easier. I cut the framing off at the waterline. I still need to “get a handle” on the prow as I think .. I may need to re-think that .. but this is a good start. Which ever way I go .. if I add cargo hatches I imagine that part of the deck probably needs to be flatter – maybe .. so need to do some research there.
Note that I have one measurement – the Keel works out to 2.613 in. In O scale that is 0.054 in. .. so 1/16 in stock would work for that. The framing will be .. whatever .. since that won’t show.
I got to thinking .. I need to see what I can use for the Keel. It measures just a little over 31 in. x just under 3-1/2 in. .. so before I go any further I need to see if I can locate stock that size that is 1/16 in. thick. If not need to see what I CAN find. Honestly it can be thicker then that – just the bit at the very front that shows would have to be to scale.
BALSA USA – has it in 1/16 x 6 x 48 – 3 ply and 1/8 x 6 x 48 – 5 ply Birch Aircraft Plywood. Since the only thing that will show is .. as I said .. the front end of the keel so it would make sense to go with the 1/8 in. plywood simply for the added strength.
|Making stuff fit. Despite my best efforts, for some reason the bulkheads ended up taller than the keel they slot into. Shrug. Since I normally don’t allow reality to bother me too much I scaled the bulkheads to fit the keel. That will give the ship a lower profile which is fine with me. In any case, once I get the keel/bulkheads all done I will need to actually look at some model boat links to see what I am missing/need to change/add. The Stem needs to be rabbited so the planking fits nicely, adding the gunwhale .. that sort of thing.|
|Version 2 – or 3 .. I forget|
|I finally figured I was looking at the wrong line for the deck (insert .. duh) and re-worked it again .. and then again. Pretty much ok with this version.|
|Working on the deck .. the sheet compounded/compounds the working.|
|Framing roughed in|
|Frame roughed in. Do some tweaking tomorrow and start gluing it up.|