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  1. Brucealanevans

    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?
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Thanks all. I'm painting a figure meant to represent General Arnold inspecting the ship. If it's acceptable I'll add it; if not I won't. Figure painting is not my forte. The uniform isn't quite right but I can live with that. Elijah: the knee doesn't matter to me, water under the bridge. I had already decided I'm not enough of a stickler to rip it out. This was a fun build. I like this scale. I had previously done Picket Boat 1 also designed by same designer.
  13. Chuck: just in time for me to bow out of this topic .... I think I'm done. Going to spend a couple of days just looking to make certain I'm happy with everything (everything that's modifiable at this point anyway) before she goes in the case and into the living room, and I officially mark this topic Finished. My wife has been gone for 3 weeks helping a daughter with a newborn halfway across the country so I've been working on this more than planned and finished "early". I appreciate the followers and likes and hope this "something different" build was enjoyable to watch. I'll take a break from the shipyard for a bit and work on some other things before beginning the Renaissance War Galley I just received from Daniel Dusek. Here's a final set of pictures.
  14. Fascines (ad hoc additional protection for the crew) done and tied in place. A big step which took 3 days of work. When all was said and done I used the 1/32 square strips without rounding each one (of 160) off with a drawplate. The difference in appearance was minimal and I had just enough strips (each fascine contains 40) so breakage would have been problematic. Aged them with Micro Mark "Weather-It". Tomorrow the top battens for the canopy frame go on.
  15. Since I'm approaching the end of this build, I've begun arranging the next. Confederacy and Granado still on the shelf, but my head was turned after a trip to Malta. I've read a lot about "The Grand Siege" in the 16th century and decided I wanted to build a war galley as sailed by the Knights of St. John of Malta. I've ordered Daniel Dusek's model of La Real and will modify it accordingly. I found some plan views and illustrations online to help. As best I can tell at this point some changes to the fore and aft superstructure (and a change of flags) should do the trick to a reasonable if not totally accurate degree. That will be a long and complicated build. Looking forward to the kit's arrival to check it out.

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