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Duncan68

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  1. Hi guys Not scared off by the 'hijack' of this thread. I think the comments by all are of value. I have fallen into the trap of opening a new box, the Endeavour, and getting caught up in a new exciting adventure. Bulkheads on and fared, deck half planked, etc, before the Mary Byrne caught my eye and said "finish me". All that is left to do is some of the finishing touches and some rat lines. So I will shortly finish this build log as promised. First though, a couple of points. Modellers Shipyard have a great product for newbies. As an introduction into this fascinating hobby,
  2. Spars & Rigging It's hard! Initially I was unsure how to approach this so I built a model of the model. Having never undertaken any rigging, I decided to try and build a model of the rigging which had all the key components of my model. I used some pine dowels from the local hardware store and some rigging components,a such as cord, deadeyes, blocks from my local model shop. I even found some fuse wire to secure the deadeyes. I used these to practice and refine techniques that I was happy with. Whilst I never completed the model model, it provided a great way to a) show tha
  3. Deck Furniture This was a long but rewarding process. The kit had excellent instructions and photos, with (surprisingly) some dimensions including a deck plan at 1:1 scale. The parts provided with the kit were of good quality. One criticism, the hawses couldn't be fabricated from the parts provided. The kit came with plywood parts, but they were too thin to shape and I used some spare timber I had lying around (maybe walnut) which I used. Interestingly, the detailed photos provided in the instructions show the hawses fabricated from solid timber, not ply! A few photos of part f
  4. Deck Fence This element was simple to assemble but hard to fit. The top and bottom rail were of plywood and the stanchions were of a hard "cardboard" which were simple to touch up with a file and fit. What I didn't anticipate was how ridged it would be once glued and painted. The deck has a nice curve on it, maybe 12mm, but the assembled fence would not bend this far. Essentially the assembled fence was acting as a truss and was very stiff. In a number of locations the cap rail needed to be removed, for gangway, hawsers and tiller. I removed these portions and suddenly the whole as
  5. Stern & Stem Post, Keel This is where I had my first serious challenge. These pieces in the kit were plywood which fitted well but had to be veneered with the teak to match the hull. I fitted them prior to the second layer of planks, but decided to veneer them after the hull, not before. I think this was the best approach but it was difficult, particularly the stem. With only 6mm wide strips of timber to play with, I had to have joins in the veneer around the stem. And the only template I had was the plywood sheet the post was laser cut from. I ended up creating a paper templa
  6. Thx for the tips re next built. Agree Internet has changed a lot of things and price is a key issue. We have a SA based company called Hobby Habit who are very competitive both online and in-store, with all range of hobbies catered for. I picked up the Endeavour by Artesania at a very good price as my next build. Have got the box opened and read through the instructions several times and they are of greater detail (I see lots of dimensions) and quality than MS, but don't have the educational slant that MS has. (And, yes I have glanced at the other build logs highlighting some of the pitfa
  7. First layer of planking was completed without too much drama, although it was slow. I tapered all of the planks, except the top and bottom. I also changed direction several times at the bow and once at the stern. Once finished, a light sand and a little timber filler at the bow gave me a very nice shape. Second layer if planking was faster. Kit provided 0.6 x 6mm teak which I fixed with a contact adhesive. The instructions suggested I could do 4 strips at a time, but I found it too hard to fit all four before the adhesive had set. Two at a time was much more sensible. All plan
  8. Thx Hornet I agree with the dimension issue with Modellers Shipyard. I'm not too fussed with their instructions being not to scale, but if they are not to scale, then they need to give dimensions on everything. I will have a lot to say on that when I recount the rigging. I think there was only two dimensions provided for the entire rigging, apart from how long each spar or mast is. With every drawing marked "Not to Scale" all you can do is make an educated guess, or use trial an error! I ended up spending a day drawing up each spar/ mast with all the rigging points to scale based
  9. I didn't take any photos of the bulkheads fared prior to planking, but below is several with the first layer of limewood planking in progress. I found the process of planking tricky initially, but soon got into the swing of it. Again, the detailed instructions were helpful, as was a little basic mathematics. I fund it hard to pin each plank tithe bulkheads, so I used a combination of pins, rubber bands, planking screws and forceps to ensure there were no wobbles or bows. Part finished first layer of planking below.
  10. Keel and Bulkheads were of plywood and were not warped. Fitting was simple with only minor filing. The model has a buff bow and this was formed with 6 plywood layers. Once I had marked the deck onto the top, it was an easy, if labour intensive process to create the correct profile. Ditto faring the frames for the double layered planking and the pre formed deck were also done without problem. The instructions provided with the kit along with the DVDs were most helpful here. To complete these steps, the instructions provided 5 x A3 pages of text and 18 colour photos. This included d
  11. First a little background. I spent the past 20+ years in senior management positions in the building industry. So whilst I know a lot about the science behind modern construction, the only blisters I ever got were on the tips of my fingers from typing too many emails. I have a very practical and logical mind, but the only experience with hand tools was small projects around the house. So to start building a model ship I needed something not too hard and with good support. Researching the Internet, I came across the Aussie company Modellers Shipyard, who manufacturer their own Austra
  12. A recent search on how to 'tie' rigging on model ships brought me to Model Ship World and the wealth of knowledge of its members. The information posted on this web site, along with other sources on the Internet has enabled me to finish my first model ship. So to all of you, 'thanks!!' One thing I did notice was no mention of the ship I built, and only a brief mention of the manufacturer, the Mary Byrne, manufactured by Modellers Shipyard in Australia. So I thought over the next few days (whilst watching the cricket!) I would recount in a build log my experiences with this model.
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