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Phantom by FlounderFillet5 - Model Shipways - Pilot Boat

Phantom Pilot Boat Phantom FlounderFillet5 First Build Model Shipways

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FlounderFillet5

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Hey everyone, 

 

My name is Max and I am in the middle of my first attempt at a Model Shipways kit, the Phantom.  I had a build log going on MSW 1.0 but that is gone now so I will pick up where I left off.  I have more or less been following Chuck's practicum but I strayed from it some and got some ideas from others who had build logs of this kit before.  I haven't worked on this kit much in the past few months because of college and my wife and I recently bought our first home and I have been doing projects around the house, ect...  Anyways, I have a decent setup started in my garage and this will probably be a much better place to build than in our last house we were renting because i was building in our guest bedroom/wife's sewing room/my hobby room and it wasn't ideal to say the least lol.  

 

Pictures to come... I will edit this post and add pictures as soon as I find a photo editing software that will allow me to reduce the size of the photos since we can only upload 2mb files.  Anyone remember the name off the software that was recommended on MSW 1.0?  If so, do you have the link to download it?  Thanks in advance!

 

I am super excited to get going on this build again, it has been too long and I really enjoyed building her up until this point.

 

 

Until next time,

 

-Max


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"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Hi Max,

Good to see you start a build log here..

 

If you're using a Window, the Photo Gallery can do it.. but I'm not so sure about the quality of the photo after reducing the size..

Just right click on a picture > Open with > Photo Gallery > at the upper left click the Edit, Organize and Share

you can even do batch resize there.. 

 

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Ok, as ZyXuz suggested, photo gallery seemed to do the trick so here goes with some photo updates.  I apologize for picture quality because we are still in the tail end of this move and I haven't located my little camera so these were taken with my smartphone and THEN resized which also hurt quality some.  

 

First, a couple photos of the new workbench and whatnot.

 

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I also have these right next to my work space as motivation to complete the builds and it doubles as proof that they can be finished haha.

 

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Here is a photo of where my hull stands at the moment.  I want to re-paint her because she picked up quite a bit of dust in the move and her dry dock time.  You can also see that I have the waterways and deck step cut to size but they are not glued in place yet.  I have some boxwood strips that I will be using to plank the deck, still trying to decide exactly how I want to go about planking it though, full length planks and then possibly marking in board ends or laying planks with like 60mm long strips of wood.

 

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Here are my deck fixtures where they currently stand.  These may also get a fresh coat of paint but I'm not sure about that yet.  The roofs of the deck houses are all boxwood strips so they will match the deck and they are thinned down to 1/64" for scale.  The doors for the deck houses are obviously not done, I want to get the runners installed and the sliding top made before cutting them to size in order to get the best fit.  What do you guys think about color for the doors?  should they be white, stick with the wood(different from the boxwood) or I could make them out of boxwood but I don't think I like that idea much?

 

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Also, I wanted to add in a couple pics of the way I mounted the hull to the launching ways.  I used a metal rod and a metal tube with an inside diameter slightly larger than the rod diameter.  The tube is set inside the hull and the rods are mounted on the lunching ways.  It provides for a smooth way to attach and detach the hull from the launchingway and I feel like it is sturdier than just having the rods go into the wood where they could potentially damage the hull or break through the wood.

 

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Man, I really like the new posting system on this site.  Very easy to add pictures inside of the text and whatnot. 


Edited by FlounderFillet5, 15 July 2014 - 08:53 PM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Hey there stranger, good to see you back in action!!

 

Looking forward to the updates!!

 

 

-Adam


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Willie L Bennett - Model Shipways (1:32) POF

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
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USRC Harriet Lane - Model Shipways (1:128) Solid Hull

Santa Maria - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

 

On The Shelf Waiting so Patiently

 

USRC Ranger - Corel (1:50) POB

18th Century Longboat - Model Shipways (1:4) POF

Hunger - Mamoli (Missing parts:  My Upcomming Scratch n Bash Project)

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

Phantom NY Pilot Boat - Model Shipways (1:96) Solid Hull

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Syren

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Something Scratchbuilt - not sure what yet, will cross that bridge when I get the nerve! :huh:

 


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Hey Adam!  Good to see you lurking like the old days haha.  

 

I got a little bit of work done.  I painted the hull and deck fixtures again and for the most part, everything looked good after one coat so it wasn't too bad.  I was happy that I repainted the inside of the bulwarks too because I got a more desirable cream color that the first time.  I mixed some white paint (MS4831) with a tiny bit of bulwark brown (MS4817) and it came out nice.  I didn't take a photo of the paint job since it looks almost identical in pics to before and you will see it in other photos.

 

I installed the baseboards for all of the deck fixtures and I will lay the deck around the baseboards.  I can't remember where I found it but I recall reading somewhere that on real ships this is more or less the way they did it.  Hopefully it won't prove too difficult to get nice fitting plank boards that fit snugly against the baseboards.

 

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I was test fitting the deck fixtures to make sure everything was nice and snug and it also gave me a good idea what it will look like once installed.  You can also see the hull paint job in this photo... just standard black (MS4830).  

 

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A closer view.  The skylight might need a little work because that photo really accentuated the flaws in the paint on that one.  I think I can easily use a razor blade or exacto knife to trim the wood smooth and then paint over it.

 

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Hope you guys like the pics and progress!  I think I am going to have to start the deck planking next which is something I have been dreading since before I stopped working on this build months ago.  

 

Btw, I found the camera so hopefully these pics are a little better than the smartphone ones.

 


Edited by FlounderFillet5, 16 July 2014 - 04:12 AM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Glad to see you back, Max. Looking good!

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USRC Harriet Lane (solid hull kit - nearing completion)

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Aeropiccola Kit US Frigate Essex

 

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On the shelf awaiting experience and building space -

Model Shipways English Pinnace

Model Shipways Syren

Masting & Rigging Research Project

 

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Thanks Wayne!  I'm glad that a lot of the guys I followed before are still around and came over to this new site.  Let us help build this forum into an updated wealth of knowledge!


-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Very nice start, Max.


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Hey everyone, checking in.

 

Thanks Richard!  Welcome to my build log.  

 

I built a jig for cutting the deck planks.  It has produced nice, repeatable planks.  Each plank is 1/16" x 30mm and 1/32" thick (Sorry for both US and metric measurements lol).  That roughly scales up to 6" x 9.5' which I thought would be reasonable in real life, although I have no idea how long deck planks ran on average.  Also, each strip of boxwood that I have produces 20 full length planks and one 11mm plank which I bet will come in handy when I need to add shorter planks for the joggling in the waterway or when I run into the baseboards for the deck fixtures.

 

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Guide lines for laying the fore deck planking.  For some reason I could not get a good clear photo of this.

 

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Edited by FlounderFillet5, 12 July 2013 - 04:21 PM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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By the way, I wanted to mention that the boxwood I am using for this project is from HobbyMill.  Everything came very well milled and precise.  Jeff offered great customer service and really helped me choose the best wood for the project and I can't speak highly enough of what good customer service he provided, which is extremely difficult to come by these days.  Just to be clear, I am not affiliated with HobbyMill in any way other than being a very satisfied customer, I will definitely be using them again for future projects.

 

I started playing around with different options for adding in caulking between the planks.  First, I tried using a sharpie to color one long side and one short side of each plank.  The results weren't bad, but the marker ink seeped into the wood a little causing it to be a little less than ideal.  I was going to go with this method originally.  

 

A photo of the sharpie boards (top) vs boards with no simulated caulking.

 

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At the time, I thought it was an acceptable result and tried to mark the boards five at a time.  

 

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The results were really sloppy and the boards definitely needed to be tossed.  I have seen this method work quite well for others but not so much for me.  I'm not sure if it was because of the small scale of this project or what.

 

I then tried using my wife's sketching pencil  :ph34r:.  This produced good results but the lead or graphite or whatever this pencil is made out of it quite hard so it takes a good bit of time to get each board well marked.  

 

The sharpie boards are on top in this picture and the penciled boards are on the bottom.  I think the pencil makes for cleaner lines and there is no seepage.  

 

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I expect the pencil to be a bit messy when laying the planks but a razor blade slid across the surface should clean things up nicely and quickly.


Edited by FlounderFillet5, 16 July 2014 - 04:16 AM.

-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Hey guys, 

 

I started the dreaded task of planking the deck... It has been going pretty well, but it hasn't been without hiccups along the way.  Overall, I am pretty happy with the result.  It is definitely time consuming though!

 

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In this picture you can see some error between the top two planks.  Basically I installed the plank on the top but there was a bit of a gap between it and the plank to its left.  I tore that plank out and installed a new one, but while taking out the original plank, I slightly damaged the planks below it so now there is still a little bit of gap there.  It might be something I will be able to cover up with ropes or something later on.  Or actually, it may be mostly covered up by the fore mast and the ventilator.  Time will tell.

 

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Now to go start smoking a brisket for tomorrow's dinner... yum!


Edited by FlounderFillet5, 17 July 2014 - 06:06 AM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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More deck planking progress... It's time consuming but enjoyable!  I am waiting to put in the waterways and the planks that will joggle into it.  Hopefully I'm not shooting myself in my foot by leaving that for the end but I have it in my mind that I will be able to just drop in the last planks like puzzle pieces... we will see.

 

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Edited by FlounderFillet5, 17 July 2014 - 06:08 AM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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My gosh, this deck planking is slow going!  I'm not sure if I approached it the right way by doing the easier inner planking first and then leaving the planks that joggle into the waterway for last, but it is working out okay.  It is just very mentally straining because every plank requires a ton of concentration to cut right and then get a matching notch in the waterway to accept it.  Like I said, it is VERY slow going.  

 

Here is where I stand currently.  I would say I am about 1/3 done with the planks that require joggling.  

 

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Edited by FlounderFillet5, 17 July 2014 - 06:11 AM.

-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Progress update:

 

The fore deck planking is done and it has been partially scraped with a razor blade to smooth it out and get rid of lead and extra glue.  The area that has been scraped already looks really nice with the nice boxwood color.  Although the planking job isn't perfect, I am satisfied with it as a first attempt at any kind of planking.  I plan on just covering up some of the imperfections later with decorative items like rope coils and the like.

 

Here is a photo of the completed fore deck planking.  

 

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Once the deck scraping commenced.

 

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This is one of the errors in the planking.  At this scale, any gap is significant and quite noticeable, at least to the builder... lol

 

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Next up will be the aft deck and, thankfully, that will not require any plank joggling.  Instead, the planks will be bent so that the follow the lines of the waterways.  Hopefully, this will prove easier and less time consuming than plank joggling, I cringe at those words!


Edited by FlounderFillet5, 17 July 2014 - 06:14 AM.

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-Max

 

 

"We should not moor a ship with one anchor, nor our life with one hope."

 

 

Current Build:  Pilot Boat Phantom, Model Shipways

 

Completed Builds:  Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff, Midwest;  The Dinghy, Midwest;  Sharpie Schooner, Midwest

 

Future Builds:  Benjamin W. Latham, Model Shipways


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Hi Max:

 

I love the commitment to detail you're bringing to this build. Really nice work. My Phantom is currently in a dilapidated state in my son's room, but your build is adding some motivation to strip the thing and re-do it. Thanks for sharing

hamilton


current build: Fair Rosamund (1832) from OcCre Dos Amigos

 

previous builds: HMS Blandford from Corel HMS GreyhoundMS Glad Tidings; Corel Toulonnaise; AL San Francisco; Amati Bluenose; Mamoli Gretel; Corel Flattie; MS Armed Virginia Sloop; MS Kate Cory; Corel Brittany Sloop; MS Sultana; MS Phantom

 

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