I'm building a Lobster Boat model and am having some trouble bending the ribs. I'm building the model based on the methods described in the book "Model Boat Building - The Lobster Boat" by Steve Rogers.
The system used is the reduced buttock lift method... where a solid model master is built and frames are bent over it. The author suggests 1/8" x 3/16" ribs made of poplar with face grain on the wide face. He says to soak these in amonia for 48 hours to soften 'em up, then to bend 'em around the mold and nail 'em in place.
I've followed his instructions to the letter and the ribs crack when they are bent. Anybody out there familiar with A)using poplar for ribs and B)soaking them in amonia to make them pliable.
At this point, I'm thinking that steaming them as with full size building might be my best bet.