Construction of the hanger deck walls began with a paper template to make sure that everything was going to fit properly and serve as a guide for the construction of the individual segments, Fig. 1.  I needed a number of styrene strips of specific size.  The method that I used is rudimentary but very effective, Fig. 4.  All that is necessary was a straight-edge to work from, which I show clamped to the back of the bench.  A block was clamped to the back straight-edge to serve as a stop.  A standard carpenters square against the back edge provided the guide for the cut.  The small white square laying on the square was my spacer for each cut.  I keep a small sharpening stone handy for touch-up of the blade tip.

When cutting strips like this, you want to use the back edge of the blade, Fig. 5.  The sharp corners (indicated in the yellow circles) will remove the styrene in the same fashion as those manufactured “scribing tools” because of the clearance created by the tapered blade.  This is shown in the center drawing of figure 5 where you are viewing the blade cross-section from the perspective of the green arrow.  Once the styrene has a nice score, you turn the sheet over and fold along the scribe.  You do not need to cut all the way through.  You know you are doing it properly when you are generating plastic shavings.  The scored edges should then be dressed with a few passes from a sandpaper block to square things up. 

Figure 6 indicates the wrong way to cut clean strips.  Running the sharp edge first, will only leave a trough with furrows of styrene on either side.  No plastic is actually removed.  In addition, it is very easy for the blade to wander leaving you scratching your head wondering why your edge isn’t straight and one end is wider than the other.

Links

NavSource Naval History

USS Enterprise CV-6

USS Yorktown CV-5 Booklet of General Plans

Details of hull terminology can be found in this handout.

I purchased the basswood from National Balsa.  They are an excellent source with extremely good pricing.

Building Model Boats is an excellent site with detailed explanations of different hull construction methods.

Kamotion Marketing Resources for specalized printing.

References

Bouchers, Duane D. USS Enterprise, A Study in Blueprints. Craigsville: Maryland Silver Co, 2005

Chesneau, Roger. Yorktown Class Aircraft Carriers. London: Lionel Leventhal Ltd, 2005

Ewing, Steve.  USS Enterprise (CV-6), The Most Decorated Ship of World War II.  Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company

Friedman, Norman.  U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated History.  Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1989

Heenan, Peter.  USS Enterprise Plans 1/96. Web Warships

Walkowiak, T. F.  USS Enterprise Plans 1/96. Floating Drydock

Wiper, Steve.  Yorktown Class Carriers, Warship Pictorial #9.  Tuscon: Classic Warship Publishing

USS Enterprise Drawing