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  1. I just made a successful trip to Michaels I hope to get some new paints… · The tube on the right shows a color I liked. It came from the local store and produced the very dark green. I guess you cannot tell paint form the cover. the oily mess is rthe bottle that came in one of theold kits....ugly. the next sea green is too gray and the xmas green just awful. · I painted all the greens I bought at Michaels and settled on this one….some kind of mossy meadow. Also we're getting near the top on the bow planking. several repairs in the near future I see in the photo · Here I am on the outside of Pavilion adding the anchor hawser holes. I need to find them and the wales line up so I can design the cheek knees. · This is my first unsuccessful attempt to build cheek knees for the bow stem. I must say the plans to do not show them and the instructions show nice diagram but no dimensions. It’s time to figure out the decks on Pavilion. · Here I am showing the colored deck from KC. The KC build as of now is to be 'newish'...the brig only lasted a few years. I want Pavilion to be old because she was converted to whaling after 8 years and whaled for nearly 25 years. Let’s experiment and come back to this one. · I believe I am showing 'newish' deck here in the bow area and very new sheathing · Now it’s time to add the exterior wales · Here we have the first deck in place all for now
  2. it is a nice way to end the summer.....or should I say it's a nice way to begin the fall. She looks great and I look forward to your copper bottom job. I have never done that and look forward to the lesson. cheers
  3. I want to share some more progress on the eight whalers and two main hull topsides. I am starting on the slippery slope of finding the level of detail for the whalers. As this is my first attempt, I am holding back my expectation. I also need to make decision on the coloring for Pavilion. The older photos I see in books, and the more paintings I see also in the whaling books, I find the boats to often be white on the outside. So, this is something easy to change but as I start, they will be white. · The beauty of doing many of these little boats is that by the third one in, I begin to get the hang of it. Here on the early boat I cut the wet keel to the right size and fitted it into the stem and pinched it with the clamp to dry before gluing. By boat three I learned to keep the wet keel about .5-inch-long at each end and bend it down past the stem and tape it to dry. Faster and better fit after drying out. · Here we have the assembly line. ceilings on the left, keels in the center and the last stems and gunnels are on the right · Now we need the bow chocks. Here they are being shaped. Also, the sole and ribs are in and we are awaiting the ceiling planks here we see the first painting experiment on the the whalers Back to our hulls. I have been to the local arts store and found a paint that on the cover looked good……but · The KC will carry on with the green theme and Pavilion will be older and in the black and white theme. Now for the decks.....I have taken the two deck materials and tried to get the color right. I learned the hard way that if decking is veneer or even 1/32 inch, it is better to stain and/or to add one coat of hand rubbed poly before introducing any glue. Even with water rinse I have failed in the past to keep all glue away from the surface and there is not enough wood to deep sand for stain. It is I and not the process on this one…So here is color scheme for KC decking. · It’s time to get the anchor holes roughed in, so we can work around them. Also, one hole was off and easier to patch up and re-drill now than later. · I have cut through for the bow sprit started the inside planking of the bow. · Here on KC we see some bow planking in place and the first local shop artist paint……too dark for me so off to Michael's…a 50-mile trip · Working our way up the inside of the bow gets very tricky for the ceiling planking. Fortunately, with a painted finish, I can use pins and then patch and paint. here i tried gray but have voted it down since I saw white in old photos. · The transom is much easier to do. You can see all the experimental painting on the bulkheads. This will be solved soon. All for now cheers
  4. I am enjoying this build as I start my first whalers. I have eight little whalers and having this same kit on my shelf gives an incredible amount of information through the plans. I hope to build this next year. I look forward to seeing you work through the issues Cheers Jon
  5. Now the first big oops…. · back in the shop looking at the results it does not take long to see the affects of the swinging line. The water line crept up. I have sanded and re-masked for painting · Proving it was the string we find the same problem at the other end · And yes, both ships needed the rework…. back to the garage Now it is time to start finding the color scheme of the decks of the two brigs. I have now read the book on pavilion. Great story and amazing travel log. She made it to the pacific and ultimate found her demise in the North Arctic sea. This was pre GPS and only a 79 foot ship….wow Just before this primer, I started to add the interior planking to the transom. · Before planking the bow area, I tried an experiment. I had some scrap poly styrene and it bent with some convincing to make a replication of the water way. · The documentation all lead Kate to have a green theme so to speak. The only green in my shop was meant for Christmas decorations so I used it for a primer. As to Pavilion I am comfortable that the bulkhead of the packet ships often had white. I am collecting photo samples to rationalize that from the whaling books. The water ways and other hatch beams were likely dark and for now gray is an easy option. More on this to come in my search. · Back to the whalers · The final 4 whale boats were able to get through the shaping stage efficiently. · Here I put in place the seat lift as provided in one of the kits to take a look. I choose not to use these seats and cut them all out. · Here I took the smaller lift and marked the bottom to help guiding the rough sanding · Now we need to get stems in place. I cut grooves bow and stern and cut out the pieces to glue in. Once the fit is right [ it took several ties] , I just made 14 more so I could get them on easily. · Here boat #1 is glued up and boat t#2 has the groove. working away cheers
  6. Mike thanks for sharing a liking for whalers. I am having so much fun reading about them and the people and the historical impact on our new England maritime life. I look forward to seeing your Charles Morgan. My coming up build could be the Morgan, I couldn't resist the recent sail and I have it on the shelf. I will do an update tomorrow as I have made some more progress cheers
  7. Some more progress, a few more issues and yes more fun. · I worked more to get the rough sanding of the outside of the first whale boat done. Now for the production. My newest shop tool is a great addition. This is a combination spindle and belt oscillating sander. One can order several grits and I did get finer for more critical future work as I am determined to enter the world of building frames. · Here we see the set up using the belt · For these little boats in just a few minutes of figure tip control I can roughly shape them · We then turn them over to the wireless Dremel small diameter sander for better control. Back to the two ships. We need to identify the water line and get a coat of black above and light poly below to support the eventual copper tape · I thought I was ingenious as I rigged up a POF frame from a schooner project of the past. A few calcs off the drawings and we are ready to go · Here we are where eventually we found a problem. On all past models I set them upside down and rigid. Here they are loose and swing on the string……let's see what happens · We have learned over the years that it’s all about the prep. Here we have used the glazing putty to fill in all the scratches and dimples inherent in the carved hull. After sanding with about 600 grit we are ready to prime · He we use the body filler primer from a local auto parts store. I love the flat gray.My friend uses it on his WWI navy boats with just clear coat Back to the whalers....It is time to start boats 5-8 while we read more about the full whaler in Ronnberg's book · Yes, the first steps go faster on boats 5-8 because it is only a few days ago that we learned how and not last year. I have learned the hard way that forgetfulness is a trait of our generation. cheers
  8. Two Whaling Brigs, Kate Cory and Pavilion KC Built: 1856 in Westport Point, MA Pav built in Ct and converted to a whaler in 1841 Length on Deck: KC 75 feet and Pav79 feet [ close enough at this scale] Models are model Shipway kits at 1:64 It has taken me a while to figure out what to do with two, yes, I have two, Kate Cory kits. During the last several years before I retired I would play each Christmas season on eBay and bid on Kits. Two times I won two bids for different versions of the same boat….oops I’ll share the other one in a few years when I move in that direction. What I got with those bids was one old 1994 version and one newer version with the 2007 instructions of Kate Cory. They have different parts provided and so far, and I found some missing wood. No big deal to me, as I have a good supply. The old paint kit came in one box. It was kind of sad, I’ll show it one day. One reason I got these kits is I have always had a plan to take a tangent into the world of whaling. That means considerable reading, some travel and yes building a few models. I am fascinated with the arctic and whaling is a big part of our New England experience up there. I plan to ultimately build a large cross section of one focusing on the process of rendering the oil. We’ll see where it goes. Now what to do with boat number two. I thought about rigging one as a schooner and the second as a brig, but the story seems to be that the schooner was not a successful rig for ocean whaling. In my early research I have found a book that tells the complete history of a 79-foot brig that first built as a merchant and then refit as a whaler. I bought the book and for now plan to see if yes that is hull two. I will start off as much of what is to build is affectively identical. Then other than the white strip and fake cannon ports see what could be different. I also have my other builds that all need work before next summer, so this is truly a squeezed in adventure. So let’s start out. I shall add in some of my research results as we carry on. This also my first down scale to 1:64 so I have some new skills to learn here too. · Here we see two books. As stated one was written in 1993 by Erik A R Ronnberg and the second 2007 by model shipways. The plans are the same. They seem fine for modeling at this stage though lack many details. I have read in other blogs that until recently the New Bedford Whaling Museum would sell the Erik Ronnberg multi sheet detailed plans and booklet that would be needed for anything larger or more detailed. I want to pursue them but so far, no success. I hope to visit the museum over the next few months. · Here is the book I bought giving a full life study into the 79-foot brig Pavilion. For now, I shall plan to try match up some colors from other brigs of the time [ though guessing at this point]. The picture on the cover shows the fake cannon deck and that is easy to include. This model is the first solid hull kit that I have built. For these early whaling kits I am focused more on what makes them whalers and how to work at smaller scale. I have so much to learn and it would take so long to build two hulls, that is why at this point I am happy to try it out. I was very impressed that after cutting out the patterns [ only available in one of the kits] I was to find that both hulls were pretty good. They advertise correctly that the bow and stern need work and that is true. They also advertise that cutting the bulkhead was to be the most difficult work. To be honest, now that I have done it [sort of], and now I see we are planking both plank shear and whales on the upper topsides, I would recommend cutting off the bulkheads and building them up in proper thickness. I will show you my compromise for this build in a bit. · Here the aft end is shaped up and one of the stern posts is set. I also drilled the hole through for the rudder post. · Here I completed one of the fit ups and added the rough masts and rudders to take a look see. Now to get going on those little whale boats. My Bluenose dories did not come out well and someday I need to rebuild them. First, I plan to go through whaling boats. With two KC’s and Charles Morgan followed by the big ¾ whale boat I should get there. As in previous builds, making one hundred turnbuckles, multiple spars etc I try to set up some form of production line. I do it not just to get through, but I assume by the last part I get the hang of the task. Here I have eight boats to make. I would think the 8th boat to be easier than the 1st. let’s see · Starting off both kits use the buildup lift method. My plan is to move through four boats one step at a time. Then as I get it figured out expand to all eight before I forget it. · Here we are making progress getting them set up; the insides are shaped using a wireless Dremel, file and sandpaper. I added some glazing putty as the fit up of the lifts inside was not great. I sanded again and put the bottoms on. I just started to rough sand the outside on the first boat. More on that process next time Cheers
  9. Rich I am entering whaling as a whole new area. I plan to build a few kits to get the hang of it. Kate and a sister brig....you'll see what I mean... then the Charles Morgan and a large whale boat...3/4 scale I believe. I love the process of studying a real ship and Mystic is so much fun to visit. During these builds, at 1:64 scale, I hope to learn new skills...….. and following others advice I'll be working on more sailable boats like the BHOD one designs, my existing marbleheads etc. and a 3/4 scale schooner I never finished. The open question is what to scratch build …...a sailing whale ship model or a large cutaway showing the insides. As to making a sailing model, Kate Cory as a schooner would be easier at 1:24 but the more I am reading the Schooners were not really good for the process of whaling. I would love to figure out how best to rotate a foremast, so that is on the table. Also holding me back with KC is the better plans that used to be sold by Bedford museum are not easy to find. As to ship insides, I would love to build a POF version of something and then open it up. anyway it's all fun. I started to gather photos today and plan to get posting in a week or so. I also have the Halifax model on hold and more to do other models. cheers jon
  10. I am envious of your trip to New Bedford museum. I went to Lunenburg twice while building Bluenose. I am in research mode now as I start my build of Kate Cory. I enjoy you log too. It is so important to see how others have interpreted the details. The plans are limited in details. I'll start my log soon Cheers Jon
  11. David I want to watch too. I have a few projects ahead of this one and then want to build Kate Cory [ as a schooner] and then Charles Morgan. I loved visiting Mystic a few years back; there is so much information there to help figure out how everything works. cheers
  12. I want to update with the logistics I encountered in trying to be able to move this big model. I must say it was a bit of help from my skipper that solved the problem of movement. First up was to lay her down and add 2x2 over the sailing keel bolts. Looking at her I felt I could not show her half dressed. My daughter was here for a racing weekend , but we were fogged in. We took a rain day and she helped me complete rouging out the three top sails. We pinned them on and said "yes"... she goes with all sails in place even if they are pinned. My Skipper's son just happens to have a truck....it takes a village someone said With flashers going we drove one mile down to the Yacht club at 15-20 mph and made it.. The mainsail was flapping and flapping but held up. We got her inside where she stayed for a week. We gave a lecture one night on the racing history and modeling of Bluenose. lots of fun. We got her home and only one jib topsail sheet ripped. Last week we took her 2 miles further down to a boat yard on Southport Island to be displayed as part of the summer art festival. Again we had lots of fun. Now as we look in these views it is easy to see the need to replace the main and jumbo. winter is coming. Just like the Ironsides in Boston, she went out for a few trips in the harbor and when returned to the dockyard is reversed. the winter sun will shine to the starboard side this year. More importantly the port side is now exposed and ready for its ratlines and other work. cheers
  13. Michael thanks for dropping in. my next post shows her as close the water as I fear she will get. I have gone too far both in construction and detail to sail this one. Moving her is also a challenge. cheers
  14. This update is just to record a little more work i was able to do before summer sailing and outside activities hit. I decided to set up the dead eyes. i found the kit came with reasonable parts..but Here i am assembling the set up. i believe i shall paint out the wood work black bit want to see it first. oops i broke two pieces. fortunately some how i have this supply of miscellaneous stuff and was able to rescue. i will need these when i get to scratch builds. so the rescue made, simple pins added for strength and we are ready to install lI definitely plan to paint all black. port side done starboard done and resting until fall cheers
  15. It is now July and I have to figure out how to take Bluenose to the yacht club for a talk in a week. Today I want to update the flurry of work I have done to get ready for the first showing of this project. The more I do, the more I want to redo so the saga continues. One thing I have learned is how to do rigging close to the boat. Obviously whenever possible I go to the table and do splicing etc., but often we have to run a line through a block and then splice it. Let’s see some of the cleanup and progress I have done. Here I have set up a table to allow reeving and splicing lines for the dory tackle. One can also see ratlines are now complete on the starboard side I have decided to clean up the first horrible prototype dories I made and use them as place holders. I have a new spindle sander and that is an amazing tool for shaping planks. I will need to rebuild at least 4 of them. Here we see the [ temporary] dories all panted out and stacked. Amazing what paint can cover up. Also, note the dory hooks lashed to the rail. I needed more belaying pins and decided to make them. The small drill press and a light touch with files made it quite easy. I would say about five of eight make it through un broken. Surely a harder dowel would be more successful. I also needed to make up the running lights. I used two sized dowels, cut the top with the spindle sander, drilled through and set three disks on a pin for painting and eventual gluing. I have been reading about LED lighting so look out. My son visited and showed me where to buy correct era merchant men figures in white to add to the crew. I also redid the main anchor line. Here the port running light is in, the lines are on the top dory and the oars are laid in. also repaired down hauls, installed missing boom lifts and completed the ratlines on the starboard side. so clean up , preparations and the move. cheers

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