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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:06 am 
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Hi!

Building my first dry dock soon (in 1/700 and in 1/350).

Question is - are there any good dry dock keels around for me to buy? Or what do you think would be the best thing to build them out of from?

I know one can be a long sprue in square shape but the issue is the cutting - how to cut them so perfectly and achieve vertical walls on each side. I dont know.

May be there are some preset thingies in variuos sizes that I could use? Wood matches also hard to cut without distorting one edges I suppose...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:22 am 
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Do you have something like Northwest Shortline's Chopper? I use one to help cut consistent blocks out of a length of Evergreen square stock styrene. Authentic keel blocks are more elaborate than just a simple rectangular shape though, but I'm willing to forgo that since I don't bother making a full dry dock anyway.

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Not sure what sizes are needed, but one can find hard wood in many different dimensions in hobby shops. It can be easily cut to size with a fret-saw and then sanded square. So making keel blocks form stock should be easy.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:25 am 
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Timmy C wrote:
Do you have something like Northwest Shortline's Chopper? I use one to help cut consistent blocks out of a length of Evergreen square stock styrene. Authentic keel blocks are more elaborate than just a simple rectangular shape though, but I'm willing to forgo that since I don't bother making a full dry dock anyway.


I might invest into this cutting tool - it seems like it would be useful often (for cable reels also) and so on. Thanks for the tip!

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I have both the Chopper 2 from the 1st link & the Chop-It XL from the 2nd link which is similar to the Chopper 3 in the 1st link. I use the Chopper 2 most of the time til I modify the Chop-It XL to use the same screw threads as what the Chopper 2 so can inter-change parts between the 2 Choppers.
http://nebula.wsimg.com/b9cf661ddc0e6ab ... oworigin=1
https://www.micromark.com/Chop-It-XL


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:23 pm 
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I am sure that keel blocks vary. The ones that I have seen are made from concrete, about 4' on a side. On top there are lifting eyes, Then on top of the block is a timber cribbing such that the hull plates rest on the softer wood.


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