Photo 10. Planking the decks
Copyright © 2006, James Allen
Planking of the decks
Quilting cotton is used between the sides of the planking strakes and between the butt joints to simulate the original caulking that would have been used. Robine used the 5mm strakes supplied and black cotton initially but did not like the result in terms of realism at this scale. She later put on a second layer of planks using 3mm strakes and also switched to dark brown quilting cotton to give a more natural appearance.