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by Charles Darley

Linking the bow and stern sections

The joining arrangement to link the bow and stern sections together is rather special:-

  1. Because it must make a secure and safe link between the two halves
  2. It must stop any tendency for the model to flex at its centre point.

The arrangement that has been selected from many ideas that were rejected is a method of overlapping links made from timber that has been cut at an angle of 30 degrees. This method has been tried and tested on another large model craft of a cargo carrier, and has worked very successfully. The linking piece from the other craft are shown in the picture.

The construction of the MV Scot Ranger has been slightly different in that the pieces of timber were attached to the bow section's rear bulkhead by glue and three wood screws. The vertical distance between the two section must allow easy fit of the two halves whilst linking is carried out. Fasteners will then be used to ensure lateral and vertical movement cannot occur.

Here I show the two pieces of timber held apart slightly so that you can observe the 30 degree cut angle.

Here the two pieces of timber have been aligned as they will be when they are in situ. The pieces that are free at the moment will be joined to the front of the stern section.

Here you can see the rear of the bow section and the front of the rear section. Each part has to be trimmed to fit and the front of the rear section made up so that the two halves will sit square and true when linked.

This is the craft as at 5th September 2000, centre remains unjoined but all sides are on and reach to deck level.

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