This skill is about building a scale model.
First we will look at the tools a craftsman uses for this and in the second part we will explain the successive operations on the basis of an example:
Tools and equipment that the craftsman uses for model building:
When building a scale model identical woodworking machines are used as for building a real boat.
Chisels, marking equipment, measuring equipment, shears, etc. Workbench with adequate lighting and a vice.
Planes, carpenter’s squares
Wood saws and hacksaws, spirit level.
A number of successive steps during model building:
- The first step when building a scale model is to make a rough block (image 1). The details for making this block can be taken from a boat plan.
- Boat plan with all dimensions and proportions (image 2). The rough block is shaped by an experienced model builder. After all, the shape forms the basis for all further work.
- For larger models or for a larger scale only the stem post and the stern post are developed in block form. A number of temporary bulkheads are placed between the stem post and the stern post (image 3). Making a main frame (image 4).
- Once the hull is shaped the jig or template is removed. The frame timbers are now fitted: frames, knees and floor timbers (image 5).
- The model is finished further (image 6). Rudder, leeboards, mast, fittings, winches, stays, running rigging are fitted. The model is also painted in traditional colours.
- Example of the detailed finishing (image 7, 8 & 9). The model builder solders the fittings around the mast peak.