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Americas Cup J Class Endeavour by Passer - FINISHED - Amati 1:80 first build

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Hello all

 

I spend every day on looking at all the fantastic models in this forum so I thought it was time to share mine build. It is the first wood model I build but I have built plastic models since I was child (Airplanes and tanks with focus on WWII). I should have done this log long ago but I get messed up in priming, airbrushing, coating etc. Have to redone it a couple of times.......

 

I have added some extra details on the ship to make it more like photos from 1934. I apologise for the bad photos but I am not a expert on photos:)

 

I choose this kit as a learning kit and my goal is to build period ships in the future. Next build will be Sherbourne by caldercraft. 

 

Well here are the photos:)

 

 

Jörgen

 

 

 

 

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It looks like it belongs in a yacht club nice.

David B

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Great job.  I have been building for over 20 years and that beats anything I have done.

Jack

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Beautiful!  I love the lines of the America's Cup boats of that era, and it looks like you are doing a fantastic job on this one.

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Thank you all for the comments, it makes me happy and encourage me to post more photos :)

 

I didn't want to build a jig to get the mast in right position so I used a laser cross (don't know if this is the right name in English) instead. First used it to line up the drawing to the wall (picture 1). Then used the drawing to get the right angle of the mast to the laser (2). After this so could I use the laser to get the right angle on the mast on the boat (3). And from the front it was only to use it directly (5). I also made a mast ring from a small copper plate.

 

Jörgen

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I am now trying to make sail. This is my first attempt (see photos). My question is, is the sail to "heavy",  to rough? I will apply a rope around all the edge later but I am thinking if I will try to get a thinner cloth. What do you think?

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Jörgen,

 

My Great Grandfather used to be the Skipper of Velsheda, another famous J Class yacht, so it's always very interesting to see the models being brought to life here on this forum, and even greater to see them sailing in real life!

 

The sail cloth looks very heavy for the type of yacht it was, remember these yachts were the Grand Prix yachts of their time, so the lightest sail cloth available would have been used on the yachts. The sails were controlled in the same fashion as the pilot cutters and barges of the time, halyards, guys, and sheets belayed off to cleats on deck, running through wooden shelved blocks and hauled up or down by the 34 strong crew of professional yachtsman. I would suggest using a thinner gauge of canvas for Endeavour!

 

Cheers

Jonny

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Thank you Jonny! You really cleared my mind. I have much thinner cloth but it was impossible to sew it. The stiches get to big and dominant and it was way to easy to damage the cloth. But as you describe how it was, then I don't need any stiches at all. Just glue one stripes on the edges. It will be un update here in a day or two with new sails:)

 

It must have been nice to see those yacht in real life :). I really like the shape of the hull on this boat! 

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Jörgen, I'd suggest glueing the hem down on the cloth, and after the glue has dried, put the cloth in to hot water (for only a short amount of time) to loosen up the glue again and then stitch the sails if you want to. If not, just run the foot rope and bolt rope along the length of the cloth. It might be worth running the cloth through a sewing machine of you want the stitching to be consistent.

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Jonny

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Hi Jörgen,

 

Just seen your build and what a fabulous job you have done.  Lines on these yachts are simply outstanding and I am looking forward to seeing her with her lighter sails.

 

I was lucky enough to take a trip on a much later America's cup yacht when I visiting Auckland ten or so years ago. Your pictures just brought back great memories of the feeling as she cut through the water.

 

Thanks for posting your build and I am going to add this kit onto my wish list!

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel.

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So, sail attempt nr 2. Jonny, I think this is way better! I have glued the thin strips with Gütermann HT2 (pressed with iron when dried)  and then simulated the small stiches with a small needle on a much thinner cloth.

 

Nigel thank you for your words. It is a nice kit but be prepared for priming, sanding, priming sanding..... ^_^

  

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The sails done and test mounted. I think they look good. I will try to form them with hairspray and I bought a cheap can for test. Unfortunately the spray left a shine so I have too see if I can find a spray without shine..

Off to Germany now for some days with my work so no shipyard business until weekend.....   

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Very nice work, Jörgen.  I have just started the same model.  I will be keeping a watch for more of your pictures.  Thank you for sharing!

 

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Hello Julie and tank you. I havn't build on the model since spring becouse i have done a bit modernisation of our house...done all by my self so it took som timme..(new kitshen, floors, walls, electric etc...). But i am finish nog so I Will finish the modell now. And I Will ofc post The photos her. I have absolut start to build 1:350 Bismarck by revell so two ships at the same time :-)

 

Jörgen

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Sorry about the miss spellings above. My phone has swedish as default....

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Hello all.

 

My Endeavour is finished at last and I must say that the result is much better than I expected :), I had a break for one year because all the time went to rebuild our house. The kit has been a very good as a first kit to learn basic skills. The only "boring" thing were the endless filling and sanding to achieve the high gloss on the upper hull. But this model has inspired me too try to build with more "scratshing" and I will try to do it on my Sherbourne (will start a new topic soon).

I hope you will enjoy the pictures. They are not the best because they shot with the mobile phone. My father has promised me to take better photos later.

 

Jörgen     

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a beautiful model Jörgen,

 

thanks for sharing the pics of your "Endeavour"

 

Nils

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Really nice build - I remember so well that her rusting hull was a feature when I sailing around Cowes in the 70s.

Thank heaven she was saved. 

 

I also had great fun on Velsheda when she was under charter in the late 80s but was rather awe inspiring hanging on when she was at full tilt

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Hello Jörgen - Beautiful!

So what is the material you ended up using for the sails?

Some of the nicest I've ever seen.

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Thank you all!!! :D. Your kind words makes me really happy.

 

Mojofilter, the sailcloth is Amatis modern sailcloth 5619/03. It is thin and stiff and more plastic like than normal cloth. It is also difficullt to sew in it so thats why I glued on it instead. 

 

Br

Jörgen

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