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  1. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    Finished the main deck (and instruction sheet 1) No real problems. Now onto the boiler deck.
  2. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    I'm going with a somewhat used look rather than full-bore grunge. Using a light grey pastel rub over the white cabin walls. Light rust on the smoke hood and boiler ends where the heat would have blistered the paint.
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    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    My computer is back, so here is an update on my Chaperon build. Been gone for 9 days, so this is the progress to date. Finished and painted the deck; with careful filling the "finger" interlocking area is not very visible. The wire visible will provide power to the LED lighting unless I screw it up. The exit from the hull is on the bottom with a small plug that will attach to a plug-in converter. Built the boiler with a few changes suggested by both Kurt's build series and some material on such boats that included a fair amount of detail. I added some dowel sections to represent the tops of the boilers within the enclosure, and added a silkspan plus pastel rub blanket to simulate the asbestos blanket covering often used (!). Added some detail to the fire doors and added the heat shields, most of which isn't very visible. I decided to try the Micro Mark rivet decals and am fairly satisfied with the look, although the blend with the surrounding black isn't perfect.. Entryway was straightforward, altho I added coal piles as suggested by previous build log here (I'm a shameless borrower!). I'll add some black shmutz on the deck between the piles and the fire doors None of that stuff yet glued to deck as i wanted to be able to cross clamp the entire deck for the rubbing strip. I had 4 plastic clamps that JUST reached far enough to do the job. Next is painting the pieces to assemble the aft cabin.
  4. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    No the longest ones have to be spliced. I did it at a bulkhead. Worked ok. Been working away. Deck on and painted. Stand completed. Did mud stripe with pastels on hull and rudders. Finished boiler and working on forward companionway now. Computer is borked and only partially fixed so no pics yet. Maybe next week
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    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    Moving along but my computer with my photo software is at the “doctor” with an uncertain prognosis. Hull painted white and rudders completed and shaft holes drilled. Waiting for deck paint so may add mud stripe to hull and rudders next after some experiments on painted scrap. Also need to decide if I’m lighting this puppy since I’ll want the wiring to come out the bottom to external battery and switch. No deck gluing until then.
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    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    I got 5 back issues from Ships in Scale just before they quit, and someone kindly sent me a PDF of the one that was not so available.
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    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    Finished the planking and added t-nuts to the inside to anchor screws to fasten to the base allowing easy removal and remounting. I put a base together, but won't finish it until the hull and first deck is complete and painted. Now I'm making sawdust with first rough sanding completed. Some filler here and there, then progressively finer sanding. Will paint the hull white after adding the keel strip. Researching the best way to add some dirt in the form of a mud stripe. Also, before adding the deck I'll need to decide on whether or not to add lighting. Suggested approaches?
  8. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    I have added all 13 (P & S) 1/8 inch wide strakes to the Chaperon, which brings me up (or down) to the flat bottom which will be finished with 3/8 inch planks. Here is the planking to date prior to any sanding. Minimal filler will be needed, mainly at the very front of the bow where the planks meet the stem, for clamping related dings, and one short area of slight separation of adjacent planks. The rest should sand smooth. I'm quite pleased with the planking job thus far. Will paint white, but I would like the planking to be subtly visible. Likely will add a "mud line" if I can do it well.
  9. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    Thanks and welcome aboard. I plan on some weathering although not as much as your well-used example. Really enjoyed your log!
  10. Brucealanevans

    Chaperon by Brucealanevans - Model Shipways - 1:48

    I decided to forgo the boring pictures of gluing the false keel, faring and mounting the bulkheads, etc. The planking is straightforward only in that no tapering is required, but in order to have the (initial 13 1/8x1/16 planks lie flat against the bulkheads, careful beveling and clamping is required (as I learned to my cost in a brief and currently in hiatus build attempt of the English Pinnace, now awaiting a calmer mind and removal of a number of planks). I have fallen back on my original planking method - bevel, soak in hot water for 15-20 minutes, add any significant curves with a bending iron, and carefully clamp until dry. As I am blissfully retired and have a number of "projects" underway, Chaperon gets 2-3 hours per day. I am clamping 2 strakes to dry overnight (P/S), gluing them in the morning, and fashioning another 2 in the afternoon - so 2 planks per day. The picture is just after gluing plank 5. My goal is to have no gaps that require filler. So far, so good. This will be a slow build, so be patient with me.
  11. I was planning on a galley next (La Real by Dusek) but got diverted from that diversion by steamboats. Decided to proceed with Chaperon by Model Shipways. In addition to the plans and instruction book, I managed to locate Kurt's 6 part article in Ships in Scale and at least one of the references mentioned which has some fantastic ideas for super-detailing a steamship build - right up my alley!
  12. Thanks for the kind words I like the idea of fully loading one boat on the "show side" of the model partially lowered. Without a centerboard those boats must have made a lot of leeway in a wind!
  13. Harpoons and other implements, line tubs, water barrel, etc.. probably not stored in the boats until launching. Suggest ribs, ceiling planks, fore and aft details, oars and mast with furled sail lashed to the seats, detailed seats, rudder in stored and hoisted position will give good level of detail. Wrestled with this on my Morgan build (5 whaleboats!) and was pleased with the result - see link to build below (whaleboats at the end of the log). . Bruce
  14. Brucealanevans

    La Real by Rossi46 - Dusek - scale 1/72

    Hi Rossi: Really glad to see you doing La Real. This will be my next build, somewhat modified to represent a Maltese Knights of St. John war galley. I’m pulling up a chair to watch and learn. I haven’t opened the box yet as I need to plan the modifications but will extract the plans soon to compare to my "target" vessel. Great to have one to watch. Bruce
  15. The general is aboard for a final inspection, and declares this build log finished to his satisfaction. (I think he just came from a ball or some other occasion) Thank you for your likes and comments. The shipyard is cleaned up and awaiting next year's project. Happy Holidays to all.

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