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Re: Weights for Waterline Kits
The Dorsetshire hull has a separate wl plate and individual hull sides plus the typical hull weight. I would assemble the hull sides and check for hogging or sagging. If found, then the wl plate can be stiffened using any of the listed methods. My choice would be to use several parallel runs of the brass square tubing which is extremely bend resistant. The weight can be replaced (if you prefer a weighted model) with weights found on Pinewood Derby car kits (Cub Scout racers). As for the Exeter, she has an integral hull and wl plate and shows very slight hogging. The decks are supported on posts with the four sockets integral to the bottom plate. Easiest would be to epoxy the kit weight to the plate while clamped to a "dead flat" surface then any slight residual hogging can be addressed by light, flat sanding. However, my choice is the hot water bath that I have used with success on similar molded one piece wl hulls.
Does anyone have any good ideas for materials to use to weigh down the fore and aft ends of 1/700 waterline kits to keep them from bowing, especially where the kit doesn't provide a metal plate? Such bowing is obvious on some kits such as the test shots of the Aoshima Dorsetshire.
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