How to Build Your Own Hull - the Lost Foam Method

There are a lot of kits out there, and more are cropping up every day. Having said that, the odds that a kit of the exact boat you're looking to add to your fleet being available every time is slim. You can chalk up one to the small hobby and move on to another boat, or you can get up and do something about it yourself. Building your own hull is actually a pretty straightforward exercise and the shape of most submarines lend themselves well to a technique called the Lost Foam Method. In a nutshell, you build your model out of foam, lay up epoxy and cloth on the exterior, cut it in half, pull out the foam, and you're left with a perfect (well... perfect-ish) fiberglass shell. With the help of

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