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  Not only do you need to bevel the keel and sheers with a sanding block so that the frames fair smoothly into the keel and sheers, but also the splices that you added to the Keel and the Sheers.



 
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  Preparation For Planking.  The hull will next be planked with 1/8 x " balsa planks. It is extremely expensive  for Dumas to supply full-length balsa planks for this kit, so you'll have to splice together 36" stock to form full-length planks. I made diagonal butt joints (see sketch) and used

       

thick CA to glue the pieces together. The Dumas instructions tell you that you will need 26 full-length planks for the boat, You do not need this many! Since it takes only a few evenings to plank the hull, it isn't necessary to have all the planks spliced together before starting with the actual planking. You can splice while the glue is drying on the previously applied plank. Since the planking stock varies in stiffness, it is a good idea to sort through the bundle and select the most flexible pieces for the upper bow area. The wood can also be soaked in a solution of warm water and household ammonia which will greatly

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