<t>Hi Mike and welcome to SoS (as we refer to it). This is strange as I know I made a welcome post using my cell phone - Ha ! Even the Admin has problems sometimes.<br/>
Anyway, I hope that others will follow in and welcome you too - I am sure that they will. We are all here to help.<br/>
Ok, where is everybody to help Mike out ??<br/>
<t>Why do the videos I've watched on YouTube start planking at the top up then go down to the middle of the boat then the bottom of the boat why is that? Why not just start at the top and work your why to the bottom of the boat</t>
<t>to make a long story short a hull is planked in 3 major sections and the goal is to end up with what is called the shutter plank just below the wales.<br/>
At the bottom the first plank is the garboard plank. This plank is shaped to set the run of the lower planks. Once you have the run or sweep of the planks you set in the bottom planks. This belt of planking adjusts the space from midship to the ends by tapering the planks. the idea with this belt is to slowly adjust the planking run from the sweep of the bottom planks to the sheer of the wale. The upper belt of planking matches the sheer line set by the cap rail, There is often a slight difference between the caprail sheer and the sheer or sweep of the wales. This belt of planking is separate from the hull planking band it sets its own sheer or run.<br/>
One major rule in planking a hull is all the runs of planking go from the stem to the stern post. I have seen it many times where a builder runs out of room at the stem and the final plank fall short and end under the wale. This is incorrect</t>
There are lot of thing to look with build a model Ship.
In my case with my mamoli USS Constitution was price. Mamoli burnt down and I am I connon short. It is also for Advanced Modeler which I am not but will get plenty of advice. I have made some bad mistake with the build and consider all advice as positive criticism.
A forum like SOS where the members are very friendly and are willing to share and hep with advice is important.
Take your time and make a decision. Have a look at models and check.
I look forward to seeing what you decide on. You are the Captain of your ship.