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  1. Thank you for the kind comments Bob. Minocqua is a lovely spot; we have a place northwest of there in Hayward. As I sit in this blizzard, Sacramento doesn’t sound too bad. Thanks also for the comment on the website, it started as a documentation of my building of an actual sailboat, and then I decided to document my hobbies on it for fun. I have probably another 2 coats of spar varnish to go on the Alexandra, then installing the windows and subsequent interior window trim, then painting the hull, then installing the steam plant, then completing servo linkages, then making some flags for the bow and stern. Then figuring out how radio controlled things even work (1st time with that). All that will take me some time. Then I need to find a non-windy place to launch this thing. All the best, Jason
  2. Hi Everyone! Spar varnishing away over here. I also formed the brass rod parts. In the photo are the compass and lanterns from Krick (note that these are sold as a separate accessories kit). -Jason
  3. Today's update: Building simple mahagony stand for the Alexandra. The stock base works, but it's pretty short in length vs the length of the boat. The result is a big cantilever for and aft of the stand. Any downward force on the bow or stern send it tilting. I have built a stand that is a big longer along the length of the boat.
  4. Apologies, just submitted the post above and I think I clicked it twice, as it posted twice, and I didn't know how to delete the duplicated post, so I just deleted the content....it wouldn't let me submit an empty post, so I wrote this sentence. Cheers!
  5. Dia duit, agus Bliain Nua Shona! 1st day of the year and I am accelerating as I near the finish line on the Alexandra. Calling it a day in the workshop, after applying the first coat of varnish to the woodwork. It's always rewarding to see the finish bring out the warmth in the wood. I finished the rubrail, and made the brackets and posts that will support the aft end of my custom extended cabintop. I also made and installed the fore and aft flagpole base-blocks. -Jason
  6. Happy New Year! Progress continues on the Alexandra. I installed the coaming in the open bow area. Teh coaming is made of two pieces which are thin in thickness, which makes a strong coaming and which also makes the bending of the wood easier. I found that I did not need to steam the coaming itself into order to make the curve, but I did need to steam the little 1mmx1mm trim piece at that goes where the coaming meets the deck. This curved coaming is a striking element of the look of the boat, I think. I also have installed the rub rail which can be seen below. Now need to move to to finish sanding, varnishing, and painting.
  7. Hope you are all enjoying the holidays. I havent made much progress lately, other than cleaning up my workshop, which was nice. I made progress today trimming out the interior, and the seats are all installed. Note that the port side seat top is held in place with wooden cleats and is not glued in place; it is removeable to allow access to electronics below. Soon I will varnish the cabin, prior to installing windows. I ahve also begun spray painting the roof sections. -Jason
  8. Looks great! As someone who built this kit, it is very fun to see it being built by another. Your frame looks nice, nice work! Jason
  9. Ahoy, This weekend, I am planking the inside of the hull. The plans call for leaving the plastic exposed here, except some vertical ribs. I got some 1/64" x 1/4" mahagony strips from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. and used this to plank the inside of the hull. Got a good coating of CA on myself also today. -Jason
  10. Hi Everyone, I set some pieces , including the steam-plant, in place to get an idea of how she’ll look. I’m happy with how snug the roof frame sets into the cabin sides. Jason
  11. Greetings! I measured the height and the offset-from-centerline of the forward/reverse/rpm valve on the steam engine, and I marked this location on the cabin front wall where the actuating rod will pass through to connect the valve to the servo housed in the cabin. I made thicker/stouter servo mounting blocks out of laminated pieces of plywood. As this servo can only be removed vertically, I notched out the servo bracket in order to allow the wires to pull up vertically through the brackets. I glued the brackets in place with a thick coat of epoxy. Today I also glued in gussets in the roof frame (I couldn't find the little gussets that came with the kit, so I cut my own). I am pleased with how snug the frame sets into the cabin sides. Then I located and glued the frame to the cabin top itself. There is a slight arch so I made sure I sanded a nice fair surface on the top of the frame before this final gluing operation.
  12. This model had a long journey in both time and distance before it was finished. My dad built most of it in the 1980's in the Netherlands, and in 2018 I found the parts in the attic back home in Wisconsin, and finished it. As far as I can tell it is no longer produced. It is a simple wooden model. It was great to surprise my dad with the finished product! -Jason
  13. Hi Jo, Have fun building the Arnanes! I built that kit in 2015 and really enjoyed it. When I saw that you were building it I was reminded that I never posted a finished model album in the gallery, so I just did that. When I was building the kit I researched this type of boat and found that the ship the model is based on was refurbished and is still sailing; she is called the Johanna and you can look at pictures of it for ideas. https://www.mmtours.fo/product/sailboat-johanna/ Enjoy the project! Jason
  14. This was an enjoyable model to build and sits on our mantle most of the time. The Arnanes is based on the actual fishing smack "Johanna" built in 1884 at the James Collins Hoad shipyard in Rye England. The Johanna has been restored and still sails! Photos of the ship can be found online. I made many wooden parts, and used wooden blocks and other such wooden and metal parts, in lieu of the plastic parts that came with the kit. Other modifications included rigging customization based on ships of the time and based on looking at photos of the actual ship. I built the model in 2015, and in 2018 it decided to take flight off the mantle; she was soundly built and her tight lines and stout hull survived the wreck well, and she is back up on the mantle! -Jason
  15. Good Morning Again! With this post I will be all caught up to where the model is as of today. This represents the progress from January to the end of November (slow progress, I know). I varnished the louvres that are installed in the cabin top vent box, and also varnished the interior of the vent box itself. Then I glued the louvres in place. I set a 3/4" board down the middle and just leaned the louvres up against it so that they are all aligned. I also trimmed out the forward cabin door. I bought some functioning brass hinges from Micromark that I will use to hang this door.

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