Now I will need to establish the beam of the hull.
To do this I first install the deck support strips
on the inside of the hull. You can use wood or
plexiglass about 3/16" or so. The beam of the deck
parts that come from
Homeport Model Ships
are cut to the correct beam dimension for your model.
First, remove the deck parts from the main board. Turn these parts
over and remove approximately 1/8" from the outside
edge. DO NOT CUT COMPLETELY THROUGH THE
GATORBOARD. You will cut the first layer of
(inside side) plastic away and the layer of foam (about
1/4") and sand down the to the plastic to give a clean.
This will allow for the thickness of the fiberglass hull
you are using.
Now you will need to measure down from the deck edge by the thickness of
your final deck (foam core and one thickness of
plastic), so that when you lay the deck on the support
the top otter side of plastic is flush with the
top of the hull. NOTE: This also assumes that your
tops edge of your hull is flush. You can check
this by using your plans. Also note that that the
top of your deck parts are cut to the correct beam.
Set the deck edge strip in place. I used epoxy to attach these.
I also used spruce, if you use wood, make sure you paint
or cover them to help prevent to absorption of water.
Also, rough up the fiberglass surface before gluing to
ensure a better glue joint.