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    Model building of course and we got a small lapdog. Or small... at least it’s smaller than me. I think.

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  1. Assembly of the keel and bulkheads are done. I noticed afterwards that one of the bulkheads was a few degrees away from square on the keel. For a few minutes I considered panicking until I remembered ,my trigonometry. The small discrepancy would not lead to any significant changes in distance of the planking surface to the keel. Breath out and continue. I have added some small pieces of scrap to either side of the keel joints as well as at the point where the rudder goes. I had a bit of a nightmare about breaking the stern off while handling the boat.
  2. Just found myself a chair a few rows back. You are a comfortable 6-7 month ahead of me, so while I learn from your experience, you might still have clear memory of issues if I need help. Immediate edit - when. I need help. Currently I’m no further than gluing the keel and cutting the rabbet line. Might add a couple of bulkheads tonight. i see you’re airbrushing the hull - would it be possible to get a smooth finish using regular paintbrushes, or do I have to apply for further equipment funds from the admiralty? New gear is always fun...
  3. Nothing gets done if I never pick up the glue so... here’s glueing the keel. Guess the tomato soup will have to wait for a few hours.
  4. It is by Model Shipways. From what I've read it's supposed to be a good build. I might turn that to shame :-P Regarding pics: I've done the rabbet cut and put it all together. Haven't put any glue on yet, just testing the waters. However I've already hit the first issue which I assume is common for all the builders of this model: The bulkheads B through E are a bit larger than they needed to be so there will be some adjustments to be done. As you can see the bulkhead extends below the rabbet cut. I doublechecked on the 1:1 plans and they are actually s
  5. Bluenose has a rather fragile stern, so I hope to do most of the sanding without any fear of breaking it. I assembled everything dry and i think i could attach the planks temporarily while still be able to remove one bulkehead at a time for course adjustments. The final adjustments will be made when everything is glued up.
  6. So - after several hours without a model in the drydock (which is actually a lie - it just wasn't out of the box yet) I've started my Bluenose build. I haven't got further than seperated the keel and bulkheads from their sheets yet, and started some careful sanding to get rid of burn marks before my first questions pops up. 1. Do you cut the rabbet line before or after you have assembled the keel? I'm leaning towards before to make the handling easier. 2. Do you bevel the bulkheads any before you add them to the keel, or do you do all the beveling after assembly?
  7. I never figured out how to put text in between images after the edit while previewing disappeared, so here is the rest of my story. The rigging went down and I've put it back up again (cue Tubthumping - Chumbawamba) I'm don't think I'll do much on the model for quite a while. I want to build a nicer stand for it, but in the meantime what was in the kit will have to do. I got other fish to fry :-) So now the vessel is standing proud in the living room - not were it was originally intended, but who cares at this point. Some pictures of the final results:
  8. So - I ended up cutting away all the rigging and started over hoping that second try would end up a bit better than it did on the first run. My first decision was that I didn't want tp bother with painting og dying the ropes as I had done with some of it previously, which meant that the rope for the deadeyes ended up being white. If it is suposed to be black - than regard it as a makeshift repair with available resources :-) Anyways - lets start with the main reason I decided to redo the rigging : uneven and to be frank - really ugly tigthening of the dead-eyes. Let's just pretend
  9. «They» are possibly an imaginary group of critics which I am sure mean well, but are very annoying at times :-)
  10. So, I haven’t posted in a while. The current status is that I’m having a bit of a trouble at the drydock. The masts has been raised, the standing rigging is up, sails has been sewed... and than the lightning struck. An unwanted healt and safety inspection of the vessel lead to a strict ban on launching! The rigging was not up to standard, they said. Would not stand the strain during bad weather, they said. So to get the OK on the vessel I have to take down the rigging and redo it. •insert favoritt expletive• I kinda blame both myself and my eagerness to push forward, but also in part the
  11. Seems like I an image added which really belonged in the log thread. Try as I might, couldn’t make it disappear. Might work better from a computer than an iPad. Not that it matters that it matters that much. Just trying to clean up after myself. For once.
  12. Hull painted and Starting adding various bits and pieces on the deck. It is actually starting to look like a boat. And even more thingamajigs are added while I drag out the time before I have to tackle the rigging. The dog are either admiring my work or planning some devious actions...
  13. I had a quick walk with the dog down to out nearest harbor and I came across this beauty - It ain't the Colin Archer and it's a sloop instead of a ketch - but still - there is an uncanny resemblance. Basically, variations on the "Colin Archer-theme" is quite common in these parts of the woods. A few years ago the local Colin Archer club celebrated 40 years with almost 200 members and 90 vessels.
  14. This whole story began as I got the Billing boat kit of the Colin Archer as a birthday present in the beginning of January. Eager and without any idea of what I was getting myself into I carried the box down to my little den in the basement where the magic is supposed to happen. A box of plywood will somehow be transformed into a magnificent piece of naval history. Or that's my initial plan anyways. I have to say at this point that previous experience with any build kits has been blobs of glue with pieces of a plastic aeroplane hidden inside and an occasional successful Lego car.
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