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Jason Builder

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  1. Hi Everyone, Installed the prop shaft and propeller, then mounted the steam-plant and attached the prop to engine drive pin which is mounted on the end of the prop shaft. Big day over at the ole model ship yard, as the Alexandra is done for the time being (until the ice melts off the lakes and I can launch her). -Jason
  2. Ahoy, The red was to red for my liking as a bottom paint, so I mixed in some brown to achieve a color I liked better. Re-masked and painted the green. Many coats and much sanding later, I was done and then I attached the rudder.
  3. Hallo skipsbyggere! I'm applying multiple coats of spar varnish to the transom. I used my surface gauge to mark the waterline on the hull (after making sure the hull was level starboard to port, and stem to stern). Now the hull is masked and the first coat of finish paint applied. -Jason
  4. Buenos Dias Amigos! Sanded the primer with 400 grit. I decided to go with a varnished transom, so I planked the transom with Mahagony. 2nd coat primer applied this morning.
  5. Thanks for all the kind encouragement through this project! This evening I cobbled together a support stand to rest the ship on when painting the hull, from some scrap pine with felt on top. Sanded the hull with 330grit and applied a coat of rustoleum primer.
  6. Hi Bob, The cleats and chocks are from the kit and are cast metal. This is the first Krick kit I’ve built and I would say it is a high quality kit. The fittings, hardware, hull, and wood were of good quality. Nice machined and cast fittings, detailed wooden ships wheel, high quality accessories kit. What I added above and beyond the kit was all the non standard Wooden planking, trim work, and stronger servo bases. I also did not use the flags from the kit or the display stand. Door hinges did not come with the kit so I bought functional brass ones. Jason
  7. Salve, Well I can see the finish line! Here is the boat as she sits now. I got the fenders from Krick. They only needed the ends cut, tied and whipped. Remaining work is to mark the waterline, paint the hull, install the prop and prop-shaft, which I will do over the coming days or weeks. Then when it warms up (many months from now), I will see if she floats. -Jason
  8. Bonjour, Flemish coil for the dock-line at the bow. I didn't glue this to the deck, but I did use superglue to glue the coils together so that the flemish coil will stay tight. I can never remember if these are supposed to go clockwise or counter clockwise, I will have to look that up again so that I place it on the deck with the coil going the right way. -Jason
  9. Witaj, Cutting curtains from fabric; not my area of expertise, but I think this will turn out nice. I mounted the curtains on compression-fit curtain rods made from a hardwood dowel.
  10. Sawubona, These little finishing touches are fun. Recent activity has included: make and varnish flagpoles install cleats along the deck install the brass handrail for the ladder/steps Install the window panes (note: these all needed to be trimmed to fit) painting the brass smoke stack (looks like this will take about 6 coats to get a nice gloss yellow opaque finish) Installed the door (I used very nice little brass hinges that I bought from MicroMark, they are functioning hinges and the door opens/closes. Also installed the brass doorknob from the kit) Beautiful snowy morning here in Wisconsin. -Jason
  11. Merhaba! I have been plugging away with more coats of varnish. After the last coat I'm calling it quits with varnish, not sure how many coats I did but I think it was 6. Could keep going but I'm done with it. Installed brass deck fittings this evening which was fun. Probably should have painted the hull first, but I wanted to have some fun with the little trinkets. Aside from attaching the fun deck hardware, I am also finishing the keel. I have sanded and now am now applying fairing compound (epoxy compound) to the keel and also making a nice curved fillet transition between keel and hull. -Jason
  12. Hi! The instructions from Krick do not cover the RC components , though the drawing show recommended locations for the throttle and rudder servos. The drawing and kit are also based on a steam plant from Krick which I did not go with. I’m not sure if it’s even available. So I had to modify the sole where the steam plants mounts also. Haven’t put much work in on the Alexandra since the holidays. I’ve never worked with RC components either. I have the servos installed but not connected with any linkages yet. Other components that I have purchased include the battery, a battery disconnect switch, a receiver, and the transmitter/remote control. I am thinking that the remote control will allow me to program travel limits for the servos to prevent them from over-actuating the rudder or throttle valve. The remote looks pretty complicatedX though I’m sure it would be simple for someone who knows what they are doing. something new to learn. Jason
  13. 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

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