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Santa Maria by SkerryAmp - Artesania Latina 1:65 PoF


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#1
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Okay, before we get to the customary build log pictures (the boxing, unpacking etc etc) I feel the need - no, the obligation to explain why yet ANOTHER build log.  

 

For my Birthday last month I was told I would like my present but I HAD to do something with it right away.  Well, it turns out that I received the Santa Maria by Artesania Latina.   It seems my lovely wife has taken an interest in the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and wants them in our office on display.   So, we are starting with the Santa Maria.   I figure if the Admiral is going to encourage another build far be it from me to say no :D .

 

So,  while I had no intentions of starting a new build with 4 on the table - this became a special case and special project.

 

So.  Away we go!

 

Lets begin with the customary unboxing of the Santa Maria by Artesania Latina.

 

Santa Maria 1 Box Art.png

 

(Because of the limit on uploading pictures I split this into two posts to get all pics in there).


Edited by SkerryAmp, 10 February 2014 - 03:08 PM.

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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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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I have to admit, I really had no idea what to expect from AL.   I remember a long time ago when I managed a hobby store we sold them, but I really didn't know much about ship models so didn't know quality from crumb.

 

Opening the box my first thoughts were - heh, this isn't to bad.  The packaging was really tight, everything secure and everyting looked good!  There didn't seem to be anything strange in there, and everything looked to be "ok"!

 

Santa Maria 2 Parts 1.png

 

The fittings come organized in some pretty decent trays, which I must admit I have already started thinking of ways to repurpose them once the parts are out of there :D

 

Santa Maria 3 Ship Fittings 1.png

 

Santa Maria 4 Ship Fittings 2.png

 

The laser cut sheets were clean, no fuzz or knicks out of the wood and the cuts seemed complete.   Quite a few lc cuts, really interested in where some of these things go!

 

Santa Maria 5 Laser Cut Parts 1.png

 

Santa Maria 6 Laser Cut Parts 2.png

 

The plans to me actually were very nice, very clean and clear with what was what and what went where.  Appears to be a full size to scale image of the boat itself which will come in handy finishing it off.  

 

One bit of paperwork that came with it that I was really keen on was the full color panel brochure showing the major steps.   Something about that I really liked!!

 

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Santa Maria 8 Documentation.png

 

Santa Maria 9 Full Color Documentation.png

 

Then we get to the lumber supplied.   I have done Model Shipways and never had trouble with their wood and then I had Mamoli and it was dry and brittle.  What would AL give me - would it break the tie?  Lets find out.

 

Santa Maria 10 Lumber.png

 

Well, looked good!  I took a few sticks out and did a quick bend test on a couple to see if it would break shallow - and it flexed well!  Did not feel brittle and was not all gnarly and splintered.

 

Nice!

 

Now, one of the things on this ship that worried me was the sails.  The willie has me worried as it is, so another ship was sails just didn't seem like it would help.  Lo and behold.. PRE SEWN SAILS!!  Okay - not so scary on this one any more!

 

Santa Maria 11 Sails.png

 

 

Overall, the parts look good, the wood looks good, the plans seem good.   We shall see what they are like in action!!

 

(While the parts do look good, I will be replacing the blocks and rigging with Chuck's. Nothing necessarily against AL's, but Chucks are really nice!)

 

 

On to the build!!

 

 


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Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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I spent a little time deciding how I wanted to build this.   I decided partly due to time and partly due to curiosity I would build this one straight up like the instructions say.   I will be attempting to do exactly what the kit calls for and see how it comes out.  From the pictures it looks like a pretty nice model.

 

I detached the false keel and laid it on the table to check it out.

 

Santa Maria 12 False Keel.png

 

 

Dangnabbit!   Right out of the gate - issue #1

 

The false keel has a slight bend to it.

 

Santa Maria 13 False Keel Twisted.png

 

I tried wetting and weighting it down - nadda. Started to get a little discouraged since this is my first time having to deal with this.  But after looking at it a bit, I started to formulate a plan that I thought would work - more on that in a bit (little cliff hanger for ya :P )

 

I then went through and marked the formers according to the plans and the little inventory sheet that came with the kit in order to keep all these little guys in some kind of order.

 

Santa Maria 14 formers numbered.png

 

Once all was in order and ready to go....  we mount up!!

 

Santa Maria 15 Keel Mounted.png

 

I kept an eye on the false keel throughout the next bit of progress to keep assessing if my plan may or may not work... 

 

The transom went on first - went on like a champ!  This was going to be easy!!

 

Santa Maria 16 Transom Mounted.png

 

After some quick dry fitting we move on to mounting the formers!!

 

Santa Maria 17 Formers Progress 1.png

 

Quick check to make sure things are going in as expected and not making the false keel worse!!

 

Santa Maria 18 Alignment Good So far 1.png

 

Nope! Good to go!

 

Continued with the formers making sure everything stayed nice and tight and square!  I must say a few of them did need a little attention with regards to a tad bit of sanding here and there as they were super tight, but it wasn't outrageous by any means.

 

Santa Maria 19 Formers Continued.png

 

Finish off the bow formers and whew - got past that without any issues... so far so good!

 

Santa Maria 20 Bow Formers Complete.png

 

Now with the bow formers all in and everything dry lets check on that keel and see how bad it is or if it stayed as it was.

 

Santa Maria 21 Bow Formers - Slight Bend.png

 

Excellent.  Well not totally excellent, that would be if it miraculously fixed itself.  However, it didn't get any worse so I had that going for me so far!

 

 

 

 

 


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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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Adam:

It is still there, but it is not that bad. I think you are making a good start.

 

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So now we have the formers in and all is dry and good to proceed.  That little bend is still there but I still think my idea is going to work - at least I hope so.  I am kind of pot commited at this point so...

 

I attached the mast reinforcements as per the plans and instructions, again the laser cut parts popped out, cleaned up and went in without any fuss or heartburn.

 

Santa Maria 22 Mast Reinforcements Bow.png

 

Santa Maria 23 Mast Reinforcement Midship.png

 

We then move onto the bow reinforcements.  Basically just little piecs of ply that sit between the formers at the bow.  Oddly enough, I wasn't expecting it but adding these and forcing them in and keeping the formers parallel actually assisted a little with the keel bend.   This was promising!

 

Santa Maria 24 Bow Reinforcements Installed.png

 

So, at this point I went through the keel and gently flexed it at various points along the formers to see where, if any, there could be applied counter leverage to straighten out the keel.  Luckily I found a spot.  After trying a few times to get the right sized brace and verifying that spot would help straighten out the keel, I got it in there and glued it up tight.  

 

Santa Maria 25 Support Strut to straighten Keel..png

 

This helped quite a bit.  There was still a slight twist, but that was easily rectified by getting a clamp on the bow with a shim to counter twist it as the support strut dried in place.

 

The keel looked pretty good!

 

Santa Maria 26 Strut-Clamp Keel Straightened Success.png

 

 


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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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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So now that the keel is set we continue to ride the wave of good feelings and get that deck down.

 

The false deck again like the other LC parts came right out without any issues.  Laid nice and flat and with a quick sanding was ready to go.

 

Santa Maria 27 Deck 1.png

 

Started by finding the center and laying the two center boards.

 

Santa Maria 28 Deck 2.png

 

Then just proceeded out to one edge.  The planks were laid just over the edge of the deck shape and they will be cut clean and sanded prior to installing the deck.

 

Santa Maria 29 Deck 3.png

 

After doing the same thing up the other side, the edges were trimmed and sanded smooth.  For  this one i wanted to go a bit different with the color and go with the kit a bit.  I took some minwax mahogany and cut it with natural stain with a ratio of 3 natural to 1 mahogany.  This gives it a dark, but not too dark look to the deck which is kind of nice I think.

 

Santa Maria 30 Deck 4.png

 

So now we mount it to the formers.  And here is where the wave of happy good feeling and success come to a screeching halt.

 

The deck has to get bent to shape with the formers, no big deal. However I do not have the spare clamps to hold it in shape (they are being used on something else at the moment)  So me, in my utlimate wisdom figured I can get it on there and just hold it in place.

 

So I lined up the deck, got it all set and then fipped it over while bending the deck into place.  Well, holding that deck in place really cramps up the hands so decided to add a few dots of CA to tack it into place while the white glud dried.

 

It worked great!  The deck was strong, and tight and not going anywhere.

 

So I flipped it over.  

 

Sigh.

 

The deck had somehow slipped a bit while I was holding it apparently.  I should have checked more as I worked and didn't and now have a deck that is about 1/8" off of wher it is supposed to be.  QUITE solidly attached to the formers and cannot go anywhere without some serious damage.

 

For the stern I can sand and shape it back and the rear cabin will be going on so it won't be a huge deal. However near the bow the forward vertical planks are not thick enough to hide the gap so really not sure what to do about it at the moment.

 

But - that now is Issue #2.   I will find a way,  oh yes... just not really sure what that is quite yet.

 

Santa Maria 32 Deck Installed.png

 

 

That is all for now.

 

Until later.... Enjoy and happy building all!!

 

 


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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Adam:

It is still there, but it is not that bad. I think you are making a good start.

 

Russ

 

Thanks Russ. I think you are right and it isn't TOO too bad and quite happy I found a way to mitigate it.  I have read of others having that issue and just kept hoping I would avoid it.

 

I guess it is true,  it happens to everyone eventually with something :D


-Adam

 

Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Well, this is certainly a pleasant surprise.  And you're not wasting any time !!!  Has Popeye cleared you for 4 builds? :D

 

Hope your bend mitigation holds up.  It doesn't look too bad.  And you'll figure out the deck.  I'll be watching!


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Hehe thanks Augie - it was a nice surprise,  I think she is just trying to make sure I have things to do so I never leave the house :o  (J/K she is just super supportive of the hobbies etc).

 

I did not get official clearance for 5 (yeah,  that is right, there are actually 5 on the bench at the moment) BUT I figured nobody would complain too too much, although I really need to get moving on these otherwise It will look like the place ships go to retire rather than get build :P


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Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Spent some time tonight wrapping up that last step, part of which was getting the deck on (which was done) and then the forward... uhm, hmm. not sure what it is called.. bulkhead I guess?   Planked.   The problem was that gap.  Needed to figure out what to do with that darn gap.

 

(The Gap)

 

Santa Maria 33 The Gap.png

 

So,  decided to take a crack at something.

 

The gap isn't TOO too huge, (smaller than my panicky mind made it out at first it seems) so I took some 1/32 balsa and cut traced the shape and cut a piece to thicken it just a little bit.  My plan was to thicken it a tad and then the planks would even it out and cover the gap. Looking ahead the deck that sits on it isn't such that a 1/32 extension was going to throw things off too much and most likely had I not just mentioned it - it may very well go unnoticed.

 

So, first traced out the shape I needed.   I did two JUST in case I needed  back up

 

Santa Maria 34 Backup Bulkhead.png

 

Then, I rough cut them out - I stayed close to the line, but purposely made them a little over sized with the intent of shaving and sanding down to the final shape once installed on the ship.

 

Santa Maria 35 Extenders.png

 

Glued them on, shaved, shaped and attached the finish planks... and woohoo!  Looks good, not too thick and I think it will work out okay.   WHEW that one was averted (hopefully, always nervous it is going to sneak up on me later, but will see)

 

Santa Maria 36 Post Repair 2.png

 

Santa Maria 37 Post Repair.png

 

Just need to let it dry solid then go through and sand it out, clean it up and wipe it down with some finish and I think it will be good to go.

 

 

Thanks all, until next time..

 

HAPPY BUILDING

 

 

 


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Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Hello Adam,Uuuups I also forgot to ask Popeye as I've got three models on the go,ah well he's to for away to worry about ,but you are his neighbor so watch your back.relax a tad enjoy the hobby your Santa is looking good ,All the best for 2014,keep safe from all the bad weather your getting,Kind regards Edwin.



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Adam:

Good work on your deck.

 

Russ



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Thank you gentlemen!

 

Russ - I was happy the deck came out as planned, was a bit worried with that gap, now hopefully when I attach the sides I can trim the stern as nicely to make it all fit in!

 

Edmay - this weather is great!! Keeps me inside and at the bench :D .  And yes I am indeed Popeyes neighbor, but had the pleasure of meeting him in person - great guy!! I am sure he won't mind a few extra ships on the table,  he inspired us! B)


Edited by SkerryAmp, 14 February 2014 - 05:03 AM.

-Adam

 

Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Thanks all for the likes - they are greatly appreciated!

 

Just a little bit more of an update.   Decided to tackle the bulwarks tonight on this one while the parts fo they mayflower sit ever so patiently (that is tomorrows event).

 

The kit comes with very well done laser cut bulwarks,  they were clean and uniform (quite nice).

 

Santa Maria 38 Bulwarks 1.png

 

Decided to go at it what I think was the simplest way, again going by the kits instructions and trying not to add too much "extra", spread a VERY thin layer of white glue on the bulwark.  Then just lay the african walnut strips and let dry.   One of the problems with the strips is because they are so thin  of the edges are VERY narrow (like a sliver) it was difficult to get the to alll lay flat.  So, flipped it over once they were all laid on and looked around my work bench for heavy objects to flatten it down.   This is when it occured to me with all my tools, gadgets and gizmos I don't have a good selection of flat weights.

 

So, had to get a little creative

 

Santa Maria 39 Bulwarks Flattened.png

 

Worked PERFECT!  whew.

 

Now, once all was dry and I was sure they wouldn't slip around, I then flipped it back over and carefully trimmed the edges.  One thing to note with the walnut, it is VERY dry and VERY brittle as it turns out.  So I had to use a brand spanky new sharp sharp sharp knife and score it.  DO NOT try to cut it in one shot, it seems suseptable to tearing :o

 

Luckily the tearing was just along the hull edge and a couple inside spots which will be covered up once assembled.   WHEW again!!

 

Santa Maria 40 Bulwarks Trimmed.png

 

Then it was just a matter of lining them up and installing them onto the ships hull.  Easy peasy! (not really,  Had to go at the formers a bit more to get the curves a bit better, but eventually it went on relativly easy.

 

Santa Maria 41 Bulwarks Installed.png

 

Santa Maria 42 Bulwarks Installed.png

 

Letting that setup and dry solid and will install the second one tomorrow then move onto the additional decks.

 

So far, AL seems to make a fairly decent kit (still really digging the color build steps companion, very nice - very nice)

 

Until later...

 

Enjoy and happy building!!!  :dancetl6:


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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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Augie

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Looks great.  I guess you should leave all the weight in those bottles so that they keep working for you.


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US Brig Syren (MS) - 2013 (see Completed Ship Gallery)
Greek Tug Ulises (OcCre) - 2009 (see Completed Ship Gallery)
Victory Cross Section (Corel) - 1988
Essex (MS) 1/8"- 1976
Cutty Sark (Revell 1:96) - 1956

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russ

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That is an interesting way to handle the planking. I have worked that sort of veneer before and it is difficult. It looks like you did very well with it. Nice work.

 

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Thanks Augie, Russ;  yeah that veneer is wierd.  Ruined many pieces before I figured it out!

 

And Augie, fear not - those "weights" should last a long time,  sadly my vice is Smoking (working on it though - like most I guess).   Those guys there have been around for quite some time,  don't use em very much :D


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Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 


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Good building log, nice and informative. If the walnut planking is brittle, try soaking it for a while so that it regains a little moisture.

 

(Nice recovery on the gap too!)


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 Nice recovery Adam, she 's looking real good........ Like your taste in the spirits too!! :dancetl6:

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Thanks guys!

 

Good building log, nice and informative. If the walnut planking is brittle, try soaking it for a while so that it regains a little moisture.

 

(Nice recovery on the gap too!)

 

Appreciate that,  the gap gave me some serious stress!!!  glad it isn't to noticeable. And great tip on the brittle wood, will soak them a bit more !

 

 Nice recovery Adam, she 's looking real good........ Like your taste in the spirits too!! :dancetl6:

Frank

Thanks Frank! 


-Adam

 

Current Builds

 

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

MayFlower - Model Shipways (5/32"=1') POB
Blue Shadow - Mamoli Revolutionary War Brigantine. (Fict) (1:64) POB (Recommissioned as the Kara June)

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

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

La Nina - Artesania Latina (1:65) POB

U.S Brig Syren - Model Shipways (1:64) POB

 

Completed Builds

 

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

 

The Wish List (Someday - hopefully)

 

Model Shipways - Rattlesnake

OcCre - La Candelaria

Model Shipways - U.S.S Constitution

Model Shipways - Niagara

Artesania Latina - La Pinta

Model Shipways - Charles W. Morgan

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

 





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