Bilge Keels

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  1. wdodge0912

    wdodge0912 Well-Known Member

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    so I want to add the bilge keels to my Baden. Rules say 3/8 wide at the hull and 3/8 deep out from the hull.

    I'm not sure exactly how long to make them, but it looks like they would be somewhere from the front of the A barbette to aft of the C turret barbette. For IRC would that be accurate enough or do I need to delve into trying to find the exact length? Or does anyone conveniently have this information?

    Also, I wamt to make it from something heavy (aka lead) to add some really low weight. I need to add 3 pounds. How do I go about making the lead formed to the boats hull? I have a way to melt the lead to liquid, butnId like to.figure out a easy and doable way to form them. The plan is to epoxy them on.
     
  2. bsgkid117

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    As I said in our conversation, make a form out of wood or something that's 3/8 x 3/8 x however long. Pour hot lead in. Then you will be able to hand bend the lead square bar you just made to the ship's hull. Epoxy/goop/etc on. Done.
     
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  3. Beaver

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    This is how I did mine. Stupid simple and easy. I think there are pics in my King Edward build.
     
  4. wdodge0912

    wdodge0912 Well-Known Member

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    How long do I go about making it though? Is a rough guess based on pictures good enough, or do I need to figure out the scale length? Rough guess by pictures would be at the fore side of the A turret barbette to the aft side of the C turret.
     
  5. SnipeHunter

    SnipeHunter Well-Known Member

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    Rough guess is good enough.

    If you don't want to measure, just make it as long as the ship, it's lead, easy to cut to length. Or measure with a string or something down the side where you want it and make it that long.
     
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