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  1. Back to work on the Bruma after a couple of weeks in Florida. Finished the cabin exterior details including handrails, vents, horn and light, and fire extinguishers and life rings. Tricky paint work on the extinguishers. Regards, David
  2. Thanks for your comments. I also messed up the fly bridge railing -- one of the posts snapped off. I fixed it with CA gel glue. I buy my Amati kits from Ages of Sail in the US, and they actually had a spare kit they were cannibalizing for parts and got me a missing throttle for this kit. But I see you said "buggered" so you may not be in the US, and in any event that service is reserved for customers who bought the original kit from them, I suspect.
  3. Cabin interior finished with hatchway, side tables, wheel and bitts. Regards, David
  4. John -- Yes, it does angle back just a bit. Just the way it came out when I drilled the hole for the mounting. Regards, David
  5. Assembled and mounted the cabin structure. Building this takes some forward planning, to get the subassemblies right and square, and then paint and assemble things in a workable order. The instruction sequence isn't the best. Regards, David
  6. I've added the portholes, hawse hole and anchor, and fender. Regards, David
  7. Bob: It works better than a brush to get a really smooth surface, but the main way I avoided lap marks is to use 5 coats. That's what it took to get a uniform color. The paint was just a good quality hardware store flat acrylic interior paint. Regards, David
  8. I've painted the hull. Two boats ago, I got fed up with spray paint because of the unavoidable mess it makes in my workroom (spray particles out from the spray area and onto the floor), and problems with tracking it out of there and into the house. Can spray outside in summer, but not in winter (which is much of the time here in Boston. So this is brushed on with a foam brush and 5 coats of white and 5 coats of red. Looks good up close, and no mess! Regards, David
  9. Started on the propeller shaft housings. I've done one. Here are pictures of the unfinished one, and the one I've done. Regards, David
  10. I've now finished the second planking -- the picture here shows it sanded with a coat of varnish. Next step is to build the fairings over the propeller shafts, which are made of wood strips. Then some painting. Regards, David
  11. Cornish: I'm now building the Bruma from Mantua. Here's the log. https://modelshipworld.com/topic/22550-bruma-by-drobinson02199-mantuapanart-scale-143/?tab=comments#comment-670233 Regards, David
  12. Working further on the second planking, at the bow the planks hold pretty straight, but as the hull curves under, I couldn't hold that at the stern and had to shift to a "lay of the plank" approach. You can see that in the stern detail below. Not sure how much more I'll do on this before leaving for a two week trip. Regards, David
  13. Bob: Here's a picture of it. The brand is "Steam Genie". If you look closely at the area coming out of the nozzles, you can just barely see steam. The steam flow is pretty strong, and one of the nice things about this is that you can aim it -- so if you have a piece of wood that's partly mounted and the unmounted part won't sit properly, you can steam it on the model. With these basswood planks, which are soft, I just hold sections in the steam jet and bend gently until I get the amount of bend I want. Regards, David
  14. Now working on the second planking and using my trusty steamer to pre-bend the planks. With that done, they really sit down nicely. I like a steamer much better than a mechanical plank bender, because the benders leave crimp marks on the underside that can "leak" out at the seams and mar the smooth finish. Regards, David

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