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  1. Always exciting to start a new project and it looks like you are getting off to a good start. I've built several bluejacket kits including the swampscott dory but have not built this one. If you have not seen it, Mr BlueJacket did a build log of this kit:
  2. The Eagle has Landed....or been painted I am still out here, working a bit on the America now and then. Doing a lot of little steps like shaping the gaffs and booms and putting on cleats, etc. and also some stuff on the deck and hull, like putting on eyebolts and cleats. I've also been doing some experiments regarding mast hoops and ships boats. But none of that stuff is too interesting to show or in the case of the experiments, not successful enough But I also worked on painting the eagle that is on the transom. The Bluejacket kit provides the eagle in cast brittania. It actually looked fairly good and fairly accurate, so I have been working on painting it. I cleaned and primed the metal, then painted it mostly with Tamiya acrylics, though for some colors I used some testor's enamel. Basically, I used whatever I had laying around from other projects. After it dries for a day or two I'll probably shoot it with some of the clear spray acrylic I used elsewhere to even out the finish. Below is a picture of my painted eagle, and also a picture of the real eagle, taken from the book "The Low Black Schooner".
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    Scientific America Yacht kit

    There is one brief build log here for that kit, if you have not seen it. It might help you decide if it is something of interest to you.
  4. Wonderful model....very cleanly and crisply built. And well photographed as well.
  5. Kevin....the case makes a great finishing touch.. And thanks for the extra effort of making the videos. I found them useful to see how you did various tasks. I need to use this as inspiration to finish my America, which has languished a bit during the last few busy months.
  6. I'm still out here, very, very slowly making progress. I've been shaping the masts, gaffs, and booms. Oddly, the kit did not include a dowel for the jib boom, so I picked one up at the local hobby shop. I also sent an email to bluejacket suggesting they correct that. Below shows the current state of things....the two masts, the top section of the main mast, the fore and main gaffs, and the main boom. I am still working on shaping and sanding the main boom. On the two gaffs, I probably have some more work to do on the end of the gaff that is closest to the mast but I am waiting to do that when I make the jaws. The only remaining one is the jib boom mentioned above. I also need to add a variety of cleats and such to these, then they will be painted white for the most part, though sections of the masts are left natural, which I will likely stain to darken them just a bit. I see now in the picture the main mast appears to not be completely straight...maybe it is just an illusion.
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    Annapolis Wherry scale model from CLC

    I saw the picture of this beauty that you posted on the "snapshot" thread. Really elegant looking little boat. I watched the assembly video on their website, looks like an interesting build. I definitely like the way you finished out the interior with stain better than what they ended up with in the video. And I happen to have an almost perfect empty bookshelf for it.....hmm, really tempting to try this one myself.
  8. Kevin, Congrats on finishing the scratch-built boat. She's a real beauty. Regarding that forward hatch/companionway: The bluejacket kit deck plan has a note about it. It says "While some paintings show a companionway forward of the capstan, others show a hatch. Quite likely a removable booby hatch -- which appears like a usual companionway -- was fitted over hatch coamings.". For what it is worth, the bluejacket kit does not show the forward curved hatch at all. These plans have "Copyright 1983 Arthur C. Montgomery, USA". I hope this info is useful to you.
  9. Jon.....I have purchased a variety of acrylic sheets (for non-modelling projects) from https://www.inventables.com/. You might check them out and see if they have something useful for you. They seem to have a limited range of sizes....I thought in the past they had more variety listed. Other sizes might be available if you ask. Gary
  10. Thanks for the looks and likes. Progress has slowed to a crawl as I have been occupied by other things lately. The picture below represents pretty much all of the progress I have made in the last three weeks. I cut the two masts to the proper length, and began tapering the fore mast (the lower one in the photo). It is close, though it still needs some sanding.
  11. Hmm, I can see the pictures, and she is looking great. Ok, there is one duplicate "silkspan drying" post that has no pictures, but otherwise they are there. Looking forward to how you do the furled sails with the silkspan. And by the way, the holes in the top mast that you have the question about....I checked the plans for the bluejacket kit and it does not have those holes, so sorry, no help there.
  12. Deck Planking Complete I've completed planking the deck and gave it a couple coats of finish. It is not perfect, not as smooth as it could be and probably not as accurate as could be, but I am still happy with the results. I'll be glad to finally get the cap rail on to give it a more finished look. I am not sure if I'll do that next, or just what my next step will be. There are a few other bits and pieces I need to attach to the hull and deck. The next big step will be working on the masts and booms and gaffs.
  13. Thanks for the comment, Kevin. The deck strips were 3/16th, same as supplied by the kit, but that would be 9 inches in real life which does sound pretty wide. I assume that the method of attaching the deck furniture first and planking around it was a nod to the plank-on-frame construction and those who may not completely plank the model. Doing a molding around the cockpit is a good idea, though I am not unhappy with what I have in that area now.
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    Wow, really cool little boat, and flawless build.
  15. More Deck Planking Thanks for the looks and likes. I've continued the deck planking, and have now completed the aft section of the deck. I have not been nibbing my planks...I think these planks are probably wider than scale and to properly nib I think I would have needed wider waterways. Even though I pre-finished the planks, I ended up sanding parts of them down. So I applied another coat of the tung oil finish before taking the pictures. I may apply another coat or two once I have the entire deck planked. Enough boring words, here are two pictures: Oops, I feel the need to add a few more boring words.....You can see that I planked right over the hole for the main mast, though I did mark its location. I also went with a 3-way shift on the deck plank butts. So I had three lengths of planks next to the grub beam....1 2/3 inches, 3 1/3rd inches, and 5 inches.

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