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Title: scribing planking onto GRP hulls
Post by: durhambargeman on January 14, 2009, 12:10:19 PM
Hello all, Has anyone on the forum any experience of scribing planking onto GRP hulls? I am building a Thames Sailing Barge using a GRP hull which although excellent in all other respects, is rather smooth and featureless and willl not give the appearance of looking like a planked hull. I wondered if it would be possible/feasible to scribe lines into the plastic to give some appearance of real planking even after painting and if any member has any ideas/advice on the subject, i.e, what type of tool would be most suitable?
Title: Re: scribing planking onto GRP hulls
Post by: tigertiger on January 14, 2009, 12:13:20 PM
Personally, I would plank on top of the plastic with 1mm thick timbers.

I have seen this done on a Robbe Comtesse. It looked good.
Title: Re: scribing planking onto GRP hulls
Post by: andrewh on January 14, 2009, 12:17:47 PM
Ray,

You could "plank" it with masking tape planks, as long as they are really well sealed down with paint or varnish

andrew
Title: Re: scribing planking onto GRP hulls
Post by: Colin Bishop on January 14, 2009, 12:48:42 PM
If you just want to give the impression of planking without actually doing it then you could use thin Trimline. The adhesive is waterproof, will accommodate a bit of repositioning and it will take paint. Use masking tape to get the line right first and then apply the Trimline up agaisnt it.

http://www.hobby.uk.com/products/04982-trimline-gold.html or most good model shops.

Colin
Title: Re: scribing planking onto GRP hulls
Post by: tonyH on January 14, 2009, 10:49:22 PM
Alternatively, use thin strips of masking tape along the proposed 'caulk' lines and then spray with 2 or 3 coats of spray filler. Remove tape and you'll have the plank effect.
I've only myself for plating but it works quite well.

Tony