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HM Cutter Cheerful - 1806 - 1:48 scale by Ian B

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Yes, I have taken the plunge. I have been following the progress of this project from inception and cannot wait any longer. I ordered my plans last week so they should arrive soon (fingers crossed) and today I ordered the bulwark and keel kits from Chuck...

 

Now how do I explain to my wife that yes we moved house 2 weeks ago and I don't yet have a workshop or area to build it... but' where there 's a will there is a way'....DIY and unpacking whilst multi tasking to create a workshop :)

 

Happy days :D :D :D :D :D

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mmmmmmmmmmmmmm the title may be confusing with the 'Master' himself build log-- not sure how to edit it to differentiate?.

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The plans arrived yesterday and my Wife has phoned me in work to say the bulkhead parts have arrived too--- Now to work out a cunning plan to start work on it over the Easter Weekend and avoid any house DIY :)

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Ian

 

Great to see you starting.  Contact me if you have any questions at all.   I would love to follow your progress.  I changed the title because yes I thought you had actually posted in my log.....LOL  :)   Have fun with it!!!

 

Chuck

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At last!!  I have managed to create a little space to work and finally started. I have dry fitted everything ready for the bulkheads to be fitted. So far I have glued the two halves of the hull and the rabbit strip. I also have thinned and shaped the stern hence the lighter shading showing on the picture.

 

  I was considering attaching the bulkheads etc then shaping it before attaching the keel, that way it should be easier to shape and also not damage the keel.   Can anyone see a reason not too do it that way around?

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It might be harder to line it up properly with the bulkheads on.  The keel has to be centered with equal space on both sides to form the rabbet.  But other than that it doesnt really matter.

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Even though I am painting the inboard of the stern.  They will show.  So you might want to use another material other than ply....BUT as I said,  they will painted red.

 

Chuck

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Hi Chuck. I was thinking the same thing as they will be quite prominent. I still need to look for a UK supplier of box wood, then invest in a decent saw so I can cut the planks etc....

 

What does not show up on the picture but to my mind looks great on my keel are the mock nail/bolt holes using your drill-pencil mark and fill technique.

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I now have a good source of Boxwood and it was only 40 minutes up the road from me :D, so I started cutting the stern parts out yesterday and what a difference working with boxwood is-- it is so nice compared the bass wood and ply wood etc from my Billings kit experience.  More pictures when the stern is finished :) 

 

 

PS I used www.Originalmarquetry.co.uk   in Bristol...

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Well I have started planking and made the monumental decision -- to make my Cheerful Oak coloured, :) I just like the idea of her looking slightly weathered.

This afternoon I shall paint and fit the two layer of the wales. so more pictures to come later today which 'should ' show the Oak colour better.

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Well the stern has been built and I decided as it was going to be painted anyway it was a good timie to paint the inside of the stern-- this is where Chuck pops up and says ' don't do that because'......... :)

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Now add a bit of detail-- I drilled the holes ,cut down some pin heads and painted them black :). It is amazing how much you can get done when you have a day off work....

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The 'dark cheerful' now has wales and I sat down last night and put in all the nails (using Chucks drill, pencil and fill technique) on everything above the nails on either side, It does not show up in the picture but does look good (in my eyes) in real life-- very subtle.

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I got a little distracted today so had a 'practice' at making the window vent section. It looked and felt big making it but looks so small on the model...

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Well I have spent the last couple of days planking and just over the half way mark on both sides--- The 'dark' Cheerful  gets darker LOL! Any more darker in colour and I will rename her HMS Miserable :10_1_10:  I have given the lower planks a light sanding and  one coat of stain, but the whole hull will need a proper sanding when I finally fill the gap.

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That is very dark.  But it is also coming along well.

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Thanks Chuck, really enjoying the build. Once I get the planking done and I make start the decking I shall be placing my order for the cannons, windlass and things. Will you be doing a blocks/tackle and rigging list for us to order?

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Yes at some point I will put together a list but probably not until I get that far along.   I dont want to guess on how much rope to suggest.

 

Chuck

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Well after a long time I have finished the planking and ready for the decking. The planking pattern is not 100% right and the picture makes her look like the sides are uneven ---but they are smooth honest LOL  ---she looks fine to me and I want that slightly beaten weathered look  :) I will now start the decking after that I promised myself I would order all the nice stuff (cannons etc)  from Chuck ..

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Time for a quick update--Santa 'Chuck' came so I now have cannons, gratings,  pumps etc-- in fact all his mini kits for the Cheerful :) so now to finish the decking ready for the deck furniture... I need to re-do the red on the inside once I have the strips that go around the decking laid.  For inspiration I have hung a hand coloured print dated 1804 titled ' A cutter with a view of south sea castle' to give me that extra inspiration to get on with the build(sorry about the large camera flash in the middle of the picture)

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After work and Family pressures have eased away I am pushing to get my 'dark Cheerful ' finished. I have changed the deck features colours around but I hope it does not offend any historical accuracies too much :) I already have Chucks cannons, winches,pump etc which I cant wait to start on in the next few weeks.

 

 

Chuck, are there any plans to produce a 'rope/pulley' kit for this for when I getting around to the rigging?

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No not a separate package.  But I did put together a list of what is needed on my website page for cheerful.

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IMG_20190210_093113.thumb.jpg.513e68771dfb969289675d665a65a704.jpgMore progress, the winches etc are just placed on the deck so don't panic I know they are not quite in the right position and I still need to finish rigging the cannons:). I am now awaiting more goodies in the post from Chuck so I can start the rigging. I also ordered his serving machine and can't wait to try my hand at it for the first time.IMG_20190210_093105.thumb.jpg.4f86a71df9c2c3830566e6d87cb27f6e.jpg

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