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23-MAR-2014 atd

Clamps are your friends

Fitting the upper rubbing strakes in these 2 images.

These last sets were reasonably easy to fit because they can be clamped. The rubbing strakes along the waterline was a real challenge and took some trial and error (and lots of patience). Ended up sanding the hull to bare wood again to fit those to make the gluing easier. That was heartbreaking. On these picture it has been varnished again after fitting the rubbing strakes.

The rubbing strakes also turned out a little darker than intended. The wood is mahogany which I stained using an 'ebony wood stain' in clear sanding sealer. Ended up adding to much pigment and it came out (pitch) black. Gives a nice contrast though and I have seen models that the rubbing strakes are black which looked OK to me. Preference would have been to see the wood detail come out a little more, but not to be on this model.

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