Lifeboat Models

Model Lifeboats Built to Perform

The Deck Mould.


Well it been sometime since the last update so here is what's been happening with the deck mould.

As you may have noticed in the picture of the first hull there is a strip of fibreglass around the top of the inside. This will be part of the deck plug and allow a flange to be added to the deck that will fit inside the hull.

You can also see the beams that have been glued in to take the sole.

After this the inner faces of the end boxes where fitted and the sole glued in place. the tops of the end boxes where then built up with balsa blocks and sanded down to the right shape planks where then steamed and applied over the top as can be seen below.

You can also see the balsa blocks around the side that I have used to create the cavity up the side of the deck mould that will take part of the rowing mechanism. The grey areas on each side are the to represent the air tanks that go down each side. The corner of these was then taken off as the tanks have a Shaffer on them. The last thing to be added on top of the balsa blocks was a thin moulding taken from the hull mould which hand the planking patten on the surface. The one from the port side of the hull mould was stuck on the starboard side and the one from the starboard side stuck on the port side this was because the planking should be going in the opposite direction on the inside to the outside.

Here is a picture of the deck mould on the plug.

Here is is from the other side with the hull it was built on still in place.

The hull now had to be removed from the deck plug without disturbing the desk mould. This was achieved by cutting the bottom of the hull of and the removing the strip around the side.

This then left a V shape around the outside where a second part of the mould could be made to create the flange. Remember the strip of fibreglass that was on the inside of the hull at the start we can now see the other side and why it was there.