False Keel

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cornish123
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False Keel

Post by cornish123 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:09 am

Hi All,
I have just started building my Billings Marie Jeanne model. It starts by telling me to put the false keel on to a board with 2x strips for support. Is a false keel just there to support of the ship frame for building or is it glued to the ship frame?. Also the position of the false keel does not match the ship frame with that of the plans. For example the false keel is shown on the plan by rib 7 and tapers to rib 3 but mine starts at 7 and tapers well before rib 3. I am a complete newbie to wooden building so any advise would welcomed.
Cheers,
Roger

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Re: False Keel

Post by davef » Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:15 pm

Hello Roger
Aship has a keel that everything sits upon. A false keel is that piece of woog that actually sits UNDER the keel. On a ship if it hits rocks or a reef, the false keel takes the abuse. It can be replaced so no harm comes to the main keel.
I do not know the ship you are building but a false keel is usually dead straight with out any tapers.
Dave

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Re: False Keel

Post by trippwj » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:09 am

In a model kit the false keel is the single piece that forms the keel, stem and (often) the stern post. It is termed that as it is not assembled the same as a real keel.

All of the frames or bulkheads attach to the false keel.
Wayne

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Re: False Keel

Post by DocBlake » Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:49 pm

On a real ship Dave is correct but modelers frequently refer to the longitudinal piece of wood that the bulkheads fit into as the false keel. It's sometimes called a "profile former" for obvious reasons

Dave

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