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    Bleach! I assume you only use this on very pale coloured woods, I don't think it would work on hard woods such as mahogany and walnut without changing the colour.
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    I soaked these gunport bulkheads in warm water for about half an hour (as recommended in the instructions), then dry fitted them overnight with clamps. Seemed to work pretty well.
    I've just glued and tacked the starboard side in place.
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    Another alternative for bending planking is soaking in household bleach or ammonia,NEVER MIX BLEACH and AMMONIA!!!! the results are usually fatal. And now back to our program: I made a soaker tube from PVC pipe, added a glued on end cap. I made a lift platform form a round wood disc with a handle glued to it. My tube was three ft long( I build in 1/48th scale, but it can be used for short pieces easily. I soak in the bleach for about an hour and the 1/8 x 1/2 inch planks came out as noodles.
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    Hi there, I use a domestic kettle for small lengths and as you have realised a wallpaper steamer works well, I used an old stainless steel vacuum down pipe which has a bend at the end, I machined a plug with a tread in it to match the steamer connection and a water drip hole. I just clamp it in the vice at about 20 degrees with the bend pointing down which allows excess water to drip out, it then lets me to feed my planks in whilst they steam for a while\.
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    It struck me today whilst bending this plank, that if I had a lot to do.....I already have a steam generator, in the form of a wallpaper stripper. A simple steam chamber fed by the steam stripper , which thanks to its long hose, could be sited a safe distance from the bench.
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    Very interesting, nonsuch, glad you managed to bend it alright. If I was in a position that I might have to do much bending, I think I'd make a set up with a metal pipe enclosed in wood so that it wouldn't get to hot to handle. One of my thoughts for a next project would entail a fair bit of bending, so I might try this for myself instead of pontificating about building clinker ship's lifeboats!

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    Apologies Nerys. For the first time in 50 years I have just had to steam the middle of a plank!
    I am currently building a live steam tugboat which has a curved strake running round the stern. An obvious candidate for bending from the centre.
    I used part of that previously cursed plastic tube with an end cap forced on, rather than glued. I stood this up in a jug to catch the leaks this time! Filled with boiling water, dropped in the plank and placed a piece of tape over the top to stop the plank floating out. After 5 minutes most of the 400mm plank was extremely flexible.
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    Sounds like a good plan. I will go for the dress rehearsal then.
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    You can't go far wrong at the price.
    Don't forget that your ship model has two layers of planking. Although manufacturers show a hammer and nails planking job on the first lime layer, there is nothing to stop you doing a very careful planking job as if it were the "show layer". Make your mistakes where they can be hidden. You're also building the same hull as the final layer, so get a trial run of bending those bow planks. A full dress rehearsal for no extra cost.
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    I was thinking of something like this
    https://www.mantuamodel.co.uk/products/ship-fittings/lifeboa...
    The price won't break the bank, what do you think?
    https://www.mantuamodel.co.uk/products/ship-fittings/lifeboats/858/life-boat-detail
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