In some plans you are lucky enough to get information on the framing of the vessel that you are building. Some plans show positions of all framing members and may even give you frame tracings to work from. Most plans, however, do not even provide a hint of this service and it is up to you to figure out the framing pattern that your model is going to take.

When not given much information on frames, you must use all resources at your disposal in order to come up with a reasonable approximation given the time period, vessel size, and practices under which your subject was built. In some cases, you can look at old documents such as shipyard records to figure out how many framing members were used and the dimensions of each frame of a vessel of the same type as the one you are building. You can also read sources that explain the framing practices of the day. Diagrams of similar or the same ship that you are building are also helpful. Talking to mueum research staff is very valuable if you have this resource at your disposal. This is where I got most of my information on framing my Wasa model.

In my case, I was given an idea of the framing practices of the nationality and time period under which the Wasa was built as well as how many framing members are generally in each frame of the ship. I was also pointed in the direction of a framing thesis that I could download at a Texas A&M University site. This helped tremendously with coming up with my framing approximation, however, due to the methods that were used to build the Wasa and the fact that most of the planking has never been removed, the ships framing is largely unknown. This forced me to make sacrifices in accuracy but still allowed me to get the framing accurate in a general way. 

This getting the framing correct in a general way is what will likely happen with most ships that you attempt to frame, especially ones where documentation is scarce or of sketchy quality. Even if there is good documentation on the framing of the ship that you are building, who is not to say that plans changed somewhat right before or during construction and never got recorded on the original plan? This is known to happen with any kind of construction project. Therefore, I believe that using the Wasa as an example in this practicum is fitting. Many ships that you will model will not have have the same degree of complexity and mystery as is contained in the Wasas framing. So, if you can understand what I am going to present in this practicum, you can at least approximate the framing in most any vessel given that you do a little research with some sucess.

I can also reccomend you to the many online model ship forums that are out there. Go to my NAUTICAL AND MODEL SHIP LINKS, select a forum, and start asking questions on the framing of your ship of interest.