By Ian Sturton (ed.)
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With this rail in place fit the five hair rail brackets that butt against the stern and top of the upper cheek knee. The first one to fit is the one on the stern just forward of the plank ends and on the same rake or slant as the rabbet line. Each successive knee, forward of this, should have a slightly increasing rake or slant, all radiating from a point down near the ship's fore foot (Fig. 46). Fig. 46 Don't set them vertically, for it makes a clumsy, unshiplike appearance. On small ships, a slat or grating floor was laid across on a level with the foot rail, but on very large ships these rails were too far apart, and the floor was laid across on a level with the hair-rails and seats of ease were built in along the sides of the bowsprit or in the after corner up against the shi p's bows.
Take a very thin (% 6 inch or less) piece of wood or cardboard and bend it around and cut and fit it so that you can determine the shape the planks must be, edgeways (Fig. 41). It is not advisable to bend the plank edgeways, too much, in model work, as the fastenings are so small they are apt to give way and let seams open. It is safer to shape the wood perfectly to the work rather than to force it. After all the planks are on, take a smooth, flat file and file down flush with the planking all the button-like pin - heads or nail - heads.