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USS Lexington, CV-2 - The Cover Story
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Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 07:29 pm
USS Lexington, CV-2

For those of you who don't know me so well, one of my hobbies is building model ships. I'm currently working on a USS Lexington (CV-2), but have come across a bit of a construction problem. The Lexington had 210 plus a few frames, and I have plans for every tenth frame (Frame 10, Frame 20, Frame 30, etc). The scale is 1:144, so the overall length of the hull is 1.87 meters. Now, from Frame 30 back, roughly 1/7 of the way down the hull, the frames are fairly straight-forward. However, Frames 10 and 20 have two inflection points on the hull at the waterline, meaning that I have basically a continually curved surface to cut out to form the frame. Is there any tool out there built for making these sorts of cuts? I've been thinking of using a band-saw, as I would on the other hull sections, but I can't really get the necessary precision out of a centimeter-and-a-half deep blade.

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