Re: Scratchbuilding a car in styrene
Ralph W. Brown
I don’t think we really have a disagreement here. I understand what is being called “shiplap,” but regardless of what it’s called, it has nothing to do with boat or ship building methods. As such, it is a complete and total misnomer. As far as I know, it has nothing to do with freight car construction either.
How did we get off onto “shiplap” anyway?
PRRT&HS No. 3966
NMRA No. L2532
From: Tony Thompson
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019 10:53 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Scratchbuilding a car in styrene
Ralph Brown wrote:
In the seafaring sense, “shiplap,” is more correctly called “lapstrake” (typically pronounced lap-strack) or “clinker-built.” The architectural equivalent would be clapboard (sometimes pronounced kla-bord). So, what you “always thought” is correct.
Sorry, Ralph, not so. Clapboard and lap-strake have similarities, but they are NOT the same as shiplap. True shiplap is just a plain board rabbeted top and bottom for a snug fit. That is not true of clapboard. Novelty or Drop siding has a more sculptured overlap, but shiplap has none. Sometimes shiplap is laid with a slight gap between boards (revealing the rabbet) but is normally laid tight.
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