FRAME LOFTING PRACTICUM

A simple method that will allow you to loft frames for a built up ship model.


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RESEARCH

RESEARCH CONT.

DRAWING A FRAMING DIAGRAM

DRAWING FRAME TRACINGS

USING YOUR DRAWINGS

Want to build a model ship just as the original was framed up with floor timbers, futtocks and top timbers? This practicum will allow you to do this after some research is done by you, the modeler, on the framing pattern and characteristics of the ship that you are planning on building.

Since ships of different periods, different countries and different sizes employed different framing practices and rules, no two ships framing is going to be exactly the same. This is the reason why you are going to have to do a little research into your particular boats framing before actually coming up with framing diagrams and frame tracings. The main concepts presented in this series, however, will carry over to any other vessel that you decide to build.

In this practicum, I will explain the processes and methods that I used on my Wasa model in order to research, draw a framing diagram, draw frame tracings and to a certain extent how I used these drawings in the construction of my model.

I have no doubt in my mind that there are other, and more mathematic or technical ways of lofting frames. My method, however, does not require fancy math. It is a simple way to loft frames for a model ship using some common sense, some simple drafting tools, and a passion for research and technical accuracy.

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