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by Charles Darley

Construction of the water tight bulkheads

Water tight bulkhead are used in model ship just as they are in full sized ship - to stop the free flow around the ship of any water that enters the ship or is spilt in the ship. The model will be divided in to 6 separate compartments with sensors place in each to detect the present of water above a certain level which has yet to be determined.

This is the forward bulkhead of the stern section. It is used to form a water tight seal from the compartment which houses the 8mm bolts holding the two halves of the craft together. Whilst there will be rubber gaskets there will still be a possibility of entry of water at the bolt holes.

This is the start of the formation of the bulkhead between the engine room and the hold area of the rear section of the craft. This bulk head will be made in two parts having a removable centre section so the access to the area of the engine can be achieved should the need occur without having the make holes in the craft at a later date.

For the moment I have decided not to build the above mentioned bulk head as it could cause problems with regard to access for the mechanical lifting gear for the hatches. Instead this picture shows the forward bulkhead which separates the bow thruster from the forward hold.

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