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Old 08-10-2006, 06:27 PM
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I'm a complete newbie to building models but wish to start. I have plans for a few of the early Gold Cup runabouts. Some plans call for a sub planking of 1/16 balsa and final planking with 1/16 mahogany. What is the big disadvantage of trying to plank with one course of 1/8" mahogany ? I think it would be somewhat easier to use thicker material for making bevels etc. Plus you'd have more material to work for final fairing.

I'd obviously gain weight using this approach, just wonder about other drawbacks.

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Old 08-16-2006, 11:25 PM
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The big disadvantage would be trying to bend 1/8" mahogany, especially when you have to try to do that with small pieces.
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:14 AM
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The 2 layer build adds more strength to the hull than a single layer of planking. You will be surprised how much stronger the 2nd layer makes the hull. Plus it provides a backing for the Mahogany giving it more material to be glued to.

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Old 08-17-2006, 07:48 AM
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Mike,
The added weight of a double layer of planking isn't always a disadvantage. With most boats you will have to add ballast anyway. Making 'ballast' do other work is a very nice thing to happen (doesn't act like your boss, just sits there, you know?). The 'other' work in this case would be the strength of the hull.
Of course, it has disadvantages too, as in twice the time/effort to plank the hull, twice the over-time the guys down at the sandpaper plant put in, and a case of empty bags for the vacuum cleaner...
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