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About Gbmodeler

  • Birthday 09/05/1954

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    Spokane Valley, Washington, USA
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    Modeling of all sorts mixed with the study of history; cycling; cooking (it is like building a model!)

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  1. This one has been a tough one to plank. Mainly because of my inexperience and poor planking skills. It has driven me to study-up on the subject, and I'm almost anxious to start another project so I can apply what I've been learning... Anyway, The Brazzera has been planked, filled, sanded, primed, and sanded again - from the deck line, down. I sawed off the plywood keel, stem post, and stern post and replaced them with nicer looking basswood. The stem post is probably too large, and I'm thinking I'll sand it down after planking above the deck... First strake above th
  2. Thanks Wefalck! I found one of his books (Navi Veneziane) for future projects, and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Great minds think alike😃!
  3. Started the decking process by gluing the cereal box as a "false deck" and staining basswood strips for planking. I am using 1/16 x 1/8 inch strips for planks; and, I always stain the planks before gluing them. Even though they will be heavily sanded later, if you don't stain them before gluing, you run the risk of having dried glue "block" any stain you apply later, or as touch-up. That will give uneven and unsatisfactory results. In this case, I am going for an old weathered look for the deck. I mixed my own "stain" to "weather" the wood. The ingredients are black India ink,
  4. So, after working on the frame (rescaling the line plans, printing out the keel and bulkheads (12), cutting them out from the paper with scissors, gluing the paper cut-outs to basswood plywood, cutting-out the plywood bulkheads and keel with a scroll saw, assembling and gluing all the parts, adding deadwood to both the stern and bow sections), I realized I hated my creation (as shown earlier). In the planning stages, I was concerned this very wide boat would look TOO wide if I did not account for the width of the planking. Therefore, I reduced the bulkheads by 10% from scale, befor
  5. Just started a new boat project. After seeing a photo of a small Brazzera with two lateen masts on Veniceboats.com (http://www.veniceboats.com/brazzera.htm), I had to build one! I have not yet found much historical information about Brazerras rigged this way, but there are several plans for single masted boats available. My model will be fictional, based on the type. A ten meter boat was chosen based on the only photo I could find, from Veniceboats.com. The length of the boat was determined and scaled off the people in the photo, and a comparison to photos of a single masted, 9-
  6. 1:48 scale model of a typical 9-meter fishing boat from the late 1800s out of Barcelona, Spain. Constructed of primarily basswood, with paper sails.
  7. Also decided to throw in a net (made from mosquito netting) and some floats (made from cork slivers). Of course, the cork came from my favorite Spanish bottle of wine! In this photo, the net was just placed and covered with diluted white glue. The glue is still wet. It won't look so shiny when it dries...
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