Photo 19. Preparing the hull planking gauge
Copyright © 2006, James Allen
Preparing the hull planking gauge
The shape of a ships hull is such that there is a more space for planking between the rail and the keel for planking strakes at some points along the hull than at others. To fit the same number of planks in that space, each planking strake must be shaped to differnet widths along its length. The planking gauge acts as a proportional divider to work out the width of each planking strake at various points chosen by the model builder.