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  1. Thank you Tim. I guess mistakes while entering a new craft are to be expected. I think you are right - these lessons are learned and remembered! I found a much bigger problem than the push boat - I glued the keel to the hull back in the beginning. I did not understand that the moulds would be disposed of. Again, the instructions told me not to glue them, but I thought that meant I'd be gluing them eventually rather than not at all. So, I'll have to leave the interior a little rough looking after cutting the frames out. I guess it won't show anyway, but darn. Ha - made me think of that lengthy pop quiz in high school that said to read all the questions before beginning the test. The last question was, "Do not answer any questions on this quiz. Quietly doodle all you like." As you can guess, I was not one of the doodlers!
  2. Okay, not happy with the shear's fit onto the wash board. The sides apparently lost too much of their outward slant when I first removed the hull from the moulds. I knew that was happening a little but didn't see why it mattered very much. Well, I know now that it's very important to keep the sides outward because the wrong angle simply ruins the fine fit of the washboard later. In a nutshell, the lip of the washboard must have a very slight overhang, uniformly around the top of the shear. A 1/16th of an inch would be about right, whereas my first attempt has shown to overhang the shear (top edges) by over 1/8 inch at spots. If I were to just shave down the washboard to adjust the perimeter lip, the resulting imbalance of the center hole area would be unpleasing to the eye and untrue to the original design. So, I've decided to remake the push boat altogether, while retaining the precision-made wash board only. I had fair warning in the instructions the sides would try to cave in upon removal from the moulds. I guess I didn't want to hear it. My hard work looked so good! Silly me. In ship building, one mistake really does lead to another. I'm learning I mustn't blow past little mentions like that tip. Every word of it is there for a reason. All I had to do was lightly glue a couple of temporary braces that would then hold the sides outward. Then don't cut away exposed braces until way down the road after the wash board is seriously glued on. Hm. What if I were to make my own moulds based directly on my existing washboard's actual size and curvature? Just let the washboard be the guiding star in the first place? That way everything else would just fall in line correctly. Lastly, making the sides and the washboard out of harder wood as I did (1/64 or thicker birch) can only help suppress side-warping and improve wash board hull-holding power when glued down on the boat shear. You'll see me trying that in the forthcoming pics of all this process here if you care to check it out in a few days. Just working out loud for my own self and any interested fellow newbies who are going to be dealing with this tricky push boat. I'm far from where I want to be in my skill and knowledge, but I'm betting all of this little preventive stuff might come in handy on many kinds of builds to come. I've heard that ship plans are not always precisely right in various ways, large and small. I'm going on the assumption that the Willie is correct in every way. Nobody has ever said different that I could find. I don't know if extreme precision is crucial on this push boat, but I want it to be. How will I learn to have high standards in the crunch of the big builds if I don't demand it of myself here at the start on this tiny boat? I'll spend a month on it if I have to. The only thing missing will be the smell of seaweed & motor oil and the sound of the exhaust.
  3. Hello. Still focusing on the push boat, I made the washboard. I found it needed a lot of fussing with in order to get the lines right, and I broke two of them. To resolve this weakness, I made the last one out of birch instead of basswood and had no further problem with breakage. Still needs some trimming/sizing but getting there. At least the balance is right so that's the main thing thus far. Prime coat, sand, repeat (exterior surfaces). Undecided on all the colors. Variations are mentioned, so there is some freedom there I guess. Working on making the motor cover today. Planning on a hinged working lid, and a motor inside (made of play-dough or something). Completing the push boat will be a newbie-milestone for me!
  4. Hi Bob. Thank you for the log. Your Spray is wonderful. So I found a kit and look forward to building it in the near future.
  5. Sherry, you are so brave! You took on the Mayflower as your first build and nailed it. Congratulations on your achievement. Your log emboldens me to consider the Billings Mayflower for my second build.
  6. Mario, you made this small boat into a fascinating snapshot of the Bounty's everlasting mystique. A gripping display. Please don't ever take your log down!
  7. I decided to do the push boat now while I was waiting for the hull-work (sides) to dry. Sides came out ok, and I'll be moving on to the bottom shortly. I think it'll be a lot of fun to do. It's really rewarding to see some meat going onto the bones. The little push boat has been super fun.. And so tiny! I've seen pictures of it that others have built, and I see it in many variations. Not sure where I'm going with the details yet, but I do think I'll paint it in stages, and before metalwork goes on. I know everyone seems to use oil paints. Is there some reason for not using acrylic paint? Acrylics can be manipulated into finishes that simply cannot be achieved with oils.
  8. Hi. You have a fascinating build there Brian. It'll make a really cool display for sure. I'd like to offer you an interesting trick that might relate to your aft windows battle ( or anything where balance or alignment is sought). A friend of mine is a sculptor, and he said that he pauses frequently to look at the piece in a large mirror. Makes everything amiss reveal itself. I used this method a lot back when I was oil painting and it saved me a lot of time! I'll do that on my Willie when I get far enough for it to be useful. Thanks a lot for your interest in my virgin build BTW!
  9. I'm considering this kit for my second build. You are doing great on it. Following!
  10. Dude, STUNNING. Looks like museum should be her final berth. I'm a newbie too, and because of you the Mayflower is definitely on my list! Following your posts with high interest. Carry on.
  11. Hi. Hope things are coming along well for you on the Basilone. I'm inching my way along on my Willie Bennett but love/hate it to the end! I did find the Gearing kit at a couple of places online & I'm saving up to buy one. My shipmates still have a reunion every few years, and I hope to donate my model to the committee. Well, carry on.
  12. Thank you for the meticulous pictures throughout your build. I'm just getting started and your log is a godsend. I'm staying in your wake!

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