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  1. So here we go again with an older kit. Let's start with the kit contents. Here's one of the two plan sheets, the rigging package, and the instruction booklet. And here is the other plan sheet, along with the stick wood.
  2. I was inspired by GuntherMT's build log of Midwest's Indian Girl Canoe kit and decided to try and recreate the family canoe from my childhood as a Father's Day present for my dad. It was an Old Town canoe, but the Indian Girl seemed close enough. The model is completed as I did it completely in secret as a surprise, but I thought I'd share some photos of the build here. (I wasn't patient enough to actually wait until father's day!) The build was a lot of fun and I'd definitely recommend it. Unfortunately, Midwest no longer produces this kit, but there are still some available on eBay. Some recent photos of the inspiration below. Note, for anyone attempting the kit, definitely check out GuntherMT's build log. He is a *much* more experienced and talented modeler than I am and has a bunch of helpful pointers. His log was invaluable to me for my construction, but I have a few additional tips (and warnings!) to pass!. Gunther also gave me the critical trick to getting the bend in the planking correct.
  3. The build log begins! Dedicated to my sailor girl! Funny but I thought I would be intimidated by the abundance of parts but fortunately I am not. Wish me luck boys, I need this done by January / Feb 2015 and awaaaay we go ... Scale 1:63
  4. So I'm pretty active on some other message forums that are not ship related, and one of them has a fairly active single thread for scale modeling. I've been posting compressed build-log updates there and a number of people have expressed interest in wooden ship modeling. Some have asked for recommendations to get into the hobby 'cheaply' to see if they like it, and I've been recommending the small boats by Midwest, but of course I've never built one. I've had the itch to do a smaller project while I continue working on the AVS, so I decided that I should put my money where my mouth is (so to speak) and actually build some of the kits I've been recommending to other folks. A couple of weeks ago I ordered a couple Midwest kits. The Dinghy ended up being backordered, but I got the Indian Girl Canoe early this week, and I put the strong back together Thursday, and put the first few planks on last night after work. This will be my build log for this little canoe. Little is relative I guess, seeing how the canoe is 16" long, and the AVS hull is only 14-3/4" long. I originally decided to do this build to show the folks on that other forum how it went, and of course stupidly didn't take any pictures of the box contents, or anything else until I'd already placed the first couple of planks. Sometimes I'm kind of goofy. In any case, if you are unfamiliar with these kits, you start by cutting several template parts from a sheet and assembling them to a long piece of wood. This assembly becomes the 'strong back', and it acts as the form for the hull, which is constructed upside down on this jig. You mark the centerline on the long piece of wood and the templates, transfer the locations for each template from the plans onto the long piece of wood, and then glue the templates onto it, using fast CA and a square to keep them aligned. Next up, you cut out the two stem pieces, and transfer the top plank locations from the plans to the stems. A single piece of planking is then cut to length from the plans, and glued to the stems to make a 'keel' of sorts. The keel is then glued to the strong back over the templates. Once that's secure, the planking begins. The first plank is glued only to the stem at each end, and then the 2nd (and subsequent) planks are glued to the stem and the previous plank. None of the planks are glued to the template pieces (at least not intentionally!). The plans call for using CA for all of the construction, but with the exception of the strong-back assembly, which will not be part of the final model, I am using only white wood-glue (Weld Bond) for this project. I've been attaching a plank or two, and then going and moving laundry and other projects around the house (or watching basketball), then going back and adding another plank or two. So while the progress isn't going super fast, the actual time investment so far is probably quite low. The first picture I remembered to take, first plank in place on both sides, sitting on the single plan sheet that is in the kit. As the shape of the hull changes as the planking progresses, my clamping system keeps changing. Last night I went to Woodcrafters and purchased my first 'real' (i.e. not cheap hobby shop specials) chisels. At $40 a piece, they've always seemed crazy expensive to me, but I've been using the one pictured here to do the beveling of the planks instead of sanding, and it's an amazing tool, and I'll probably never touch those cheap chisels again if I can help it. I also picked up a leather strop with some compound to keep them sharp. Here you can see the Swedish Made palm chisel I've been using for the beveling. That's where it is now. I'll probably get a few more planks on tonight. Tomorrow I'll be running around in the desert with my brother who bought a side-by-side toy, so no idea if I'll accomplish anything on either boat project!
  5. Started this build a while ago now and made slow progress while in class, finally have time to make a log and make more progress. I am building this kit as a gift to my gf, the John Alden Sloop was what I was originally going build, but it is far too big for where she wants to put it. That build has been sidelined for now and will be continued once I get to rigging this model. The Sakonnet daysailer is based off a John Alden design and I have found archived plans that very closely mirror the hull in the kit. This kit is exceptionally small with simple lines and detail. Here the frames and keel are laid out on an 8.5”x11” piece of paper Frames and keel prepped by Batson Photography, on Flickr The frames and keel glued in place Frame and keel assembly by Batson Photography, on Flickr If you look at the framed hull at the top of the picture, you can see I added the chine rail before the deck. I had read the directions so many times I had a false confidence and proceeded with gluing them in place without referencing the directions. By doing so the pre-cut deck did not line up because I had created a slight twist in the hull with the chines. After removing the chine, the keel straightened out, I glued the deck and replaced the chine. This worked out to my benefit as the included deck was not a uniform color so I cut the deck from a sheet of bass wood with a more uniform color and nicer grain pattern. new deck by Batson Photography, on Flickr The Daysailer with its big brother on the building board framed hull and deck 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr framed hull and deck by Batson Photography, on Flickr Port side planked and trimmed, I found the planking slightly difficult as the sheets are fairly think for being bent in such a small area even after steaming. Port side planked and trimmed by Batson Photography, on Flickr Starboard side plank by Batson Photography, on Flickr Hull fully planked, sanded and filled, and making the keel thicker. The keel had developed a slight curve after planking the bottom of the hull from steaming the balsa sheet. To correct this I glued a piece of 1/32" basswood on each side of the keel. the keel look much more proportionate being thicker. Hull by Batson Photography, on Flickr In order to keep the seem between the keel and rudder smooth I also made the rudder thicker below the waterline. rudder as supplied by Batson Photography, on Flickr rudder as supplied 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr thicker rudder 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr Thicker rudder by Batson Photography, on Flickr Now I have put a coat of primer on the hull and rudder and sanded it. It needs one more pass of filler and I will finally get to painting.
  6. Hello all, I have always been intrigued by wood model ships. During the past winter, I decided to attempt my first build and began doing some research as to what kit would be best for a novice builder....particularly one with zero knowledge, experience or skills. MSW has been an amazing resource and greatly contributed to pointing me in the direction of the Midwest apprentice line. Thank you! My first build was the Midwest skiff. The experience was so gratifying and I was overall very pleased with the completed project. This is quite an addictive hobby and I had to start another. Midwest, The Dinghy, arrived the other day and I decided to make the leap and post the build....so here goes. 400 grit sand and scribed plank lines to bottom plank. My first build was a slow one and I expect this one will be as well. Slow seems to be a pace that suits me. I will be tackling the frames next and will continue to post progress or any problems that arise. Any advice and/or comments are always welcomed.
  7. I started this build log a little more than a year ago; unfortunately it was lost in the great crash. I wasn’t too far along when life intervened to take up my time on this little boat. I’ll post the older photos and then move along from there. More photos in the next couple of days. Thanks for looking!

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