Book review Book Review: "PLANKING TECHNIQUES FOR MODEL SHIP BUILDERS" by Donald Dressel


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Dec 25, 2017

Vienna, Austria
Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders
by Donald Dressel

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 22, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
used copies can be bought for 10 US$


A modelr´s reference for planking wooden ships - both kit and scratch models!
Planking is one of the most important, and least often addressed, aspects of shipmodeling - until now! Here is a complete explanation of several different types of planking procedures. Of particular interest are details on:
Selection of wood - including boxwood, pearwood, ebony, holly, cherry and walnut
Special jigs to assist in construction - including wood forms and clamps
The many available types of tools and glues, and how best to use them
The form used to help bend the plank around the bow area of the hull
Tips on the batten as a guide in the planking process
The use of clinker-built planking as an alternative process
The simple use of push-pins when attaching the planks to the bulkhead
Planking of the false deck when building a kit model

Don Dressel is a Senior Telecommunications Engineer who has been building ship models for appr. 20 years. A member and former president of the Fullerton Ship Modelers Association, he has won numerous awards for his modeling efforts.

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1) Planking Materials and Tools
Wood - Glue - Tools - Jigs
2) Hull Structure
Preparation of a solid hull - Preparation of Plank on Bulkhead Hull - Scratch Building - Ship Model Kits - Construction of Frames - Construction of the Stern - Frames - Actual Frame Construction - Structural Rigidity - Supporting Frames - LOcation of the False DEck - Fitting the Parts - Another framing method - Helps - Research and other methods - SMA Member´s Method
3) Planking the Ships Hull
Solid Hull Planking - Plank on Bulkhead Hull - Final Layer of Planking - Planking - Clinker built Planking - Other Construction Methods
4) Planking the Deck
Solid Hull Ship - Plank on Bulkhead Ship - Internal Work - DEck Beams - Deck Planking
5) Planking a Ships Boats
Wooden Mold - Using the Kit Boats - Planking Using the clinker methos - Planking the masts

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There are a lot of positive and also some negative aspects of this book. It is definitely helping the newbie, but the way of explanation is not every time easy to understand or to follow. Take a closer look at the Look Inside photos if you like the style of this book. Recommended, but it should be not the only book in your library.

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For more Look Inside photos please take a look at the following post
Jan 30, 2012

Citrus Heights, California
This is a great book that answers questions. A key area I like is where he covers how deck planking changed over time so that you can plank your decks with correct plank width. Also discussed how to do deck shift using the common 4 deck shift pattern.