I like how you framed in the comings prior to adding the deck. Trying to install the comings and paint them while building the actual deck steructgure is really taking alot of time and frustration in the detailed painting. Too late for me now with my Pride but on my next build I will use this technique. Your Pride looks great. I have finished planking-installed the bulwarks-Transom and finished all of the deck structures. I am now painting them along with the bulwarks and planksheer. I think I should have painted as I went along as it is real hard now to get into tight areas without overlapping the paint. Someone told me you could not paint an item before you glued it as the glue would stick to the paint and not the structure. Still I am enjoying the build and getting back into modeling after 30 years.
The instructions gave the option of installing the coamings first or after the planking. With some gentle prodding from Russ I installed them first. It's quite a bit of work to get them installed and level but it beats trying to sand them to fit later. I actually missed one coaming at the aft. Luckily it was small and easy to shape to fit. I do wish that I had installed the mounts for the winch and bitts/fife rails before planking as well. I will have to cut the deck to install them.
Re: paint. I try to paint everything before installing it. That allows me to mount it to a stick so it can be held easier and I don't have to work around other things. Wherever the part gets glued stays unpainted and any paint on the glue joint gets scraped off. Usually a little touchup is required after installation as well.
Yes, the big visual changes are done for a while. Your point about doing a little bit every night is good. I also suggest looking at your list of things to do on the deck, and build and install everything that is not dependant on something else. I believe some of the cabin structures can be added now. The other thing is to build up all the hardware that goes on the deck, but don't install it. That way, if you have a sequence of installations to do, you can dry fit them and see what needs adjusting. If something is completely off, well, it's only wood and time. Many of us have built/re-built/re-built/rebuilt something on our models that just didn't look right.
You have a good start and a sharp looking model. I'm now looking forward to my Pride of Baltimore 2.0.
I'm working on the samson posts now. It seems like everything at the bow is dependent on them. I have built the wheel house and aft hatch. Binnacle is next. So I've sort of been working my way from the ends inward.
I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out how the structure over the galley is built. I forget exactly what it's called. I'll take a picture of the plans; maybe someone here can help. It's planked but the two ends aren't the same. I'm just not sure how it's supposed to look.
A very nice job, keep up the good work! I have the same kit but havn't started it yet I need to get a little more build tome under my belt so to speak! I spent a week out in the Pride II back in the early 2000's, went from Baltimore, MD to Newport, RI. Needless to say it was a fantastic trip, if you get the chance to sail on her even for a day do so! The photo is ofmyself at the helm of the Pride II. I look foreard to following your build!
Thanks! I have family in Baltimore. If I ever make it back up there I'll at least try to visit it. I'm pretty sure I saw it sometime in the early 90s but I barely remember it. I've never been on a sailboat or ship; must have been quite an experience.
This is my "first" build and I haven't found anything super difficult yet. Anything that I have questions about generally I can find answers to here. The only real ambiguity has been with the top rail and bulwark stanchions. In both cases I just sort of made them look right. The top rail doesn't match the plans exactly correctly at the bow. It's about 1/8" too long and is too pointy. I'm hoping it won't matter too much as it would be impossible to fix now.
I have tried building POF models two times before. The first one caught fire under not-so-mysterious conditions. The second one almost met the same fate. I decided to get a Model Shipways model after being able to read the instructions online. They aren't perfect but they're significantly better than the other two kits I tried.
Edited by jcoby, 14 March 2013 - 03:17 PM.