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- Zara -

 

RM Zara Ė Tyler (2018)

3 units, 23 seconds, Italian heavy cruiser

 

Ribs cut, Subdeck in place.

 

Another shot of the ribs/sub deck. There are a few place holder ribs in the stern just intended to use to shape the bottom of the hull before they will be cut out.

 

This is a rough cut of bottom of the hull with balsa fill for the most part and a flat plate of 1/32 inch ply wood with some strips in the more curved areas. I would for most cruisers put water channeling in the bow and stern, the mid section doesnít always need it, the Zara is a big ship so Iím trying some water channeling along the bulges as well to see if it will stay more stable in the water as it settles rather than going into a death roll when it takes on damage.

 

Itís amazing what a little sanding will do. The bottom of the hull is now ready for fiber glass. I have been placing a ply wood strip along the upper edge of the balsa lately to allow for a bit more of a hardened corner where the bottom of the penetrable window will go. This seems to help the ship hold up to fire over the years a bit better.

 

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Superstructure is made of ABS, the black ABS sheets are for the most part 1/16 inch, the gray ABS is 1/32, way lighter but much more flimsy as well. You can see several ABS rods as well of various sizes, all hollowed out with a drill. The funnel bases are ABS stacked on itself and glued together then sanded down to about 1/8 inch hick at most. Zara has a good bit of superstructure, hopefully it wonít be too heavy, I hollowed out as much as I could to save weight.

 

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Shot down the side of the ship.

 

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