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Warnerade

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  1. With the weather finally hold out and giving me some nice days I decided to take a few big steps on the display case. I did a little research and ended up purchasing an instruction .PDF to get me going. So far it’s coming along great. first I cut strips of red oak 3/4 x 3/4 for the borders, used my table saw to cut 3/16” slots 3/16” deep all the way down for the glass to sit in. Then I cut them to length using my craftsman adjustable mitre box. After that I used my router with a 1/8 cove and bead bit to cut a nice border. (repeat this step for the top sky glass as well) Once this was all glued together and squared up I cut a solid piece of red oak to match the dimensions of the glass frame with roughly 1/8” to play with on both dimensions. then I cut and glued oak trim to the outside of the solid oak base. once the glass box is complete it is going to sit nicely inside the base. starting with 3/4 x 3/4 again, I cut slots inside the stanchions (upright corner pieces) to hold the glass up, and then I actually planed down the outer surfaces so it will line up nicely with the routed base frame.
  2. Little more progress on the first level rooms and the second level deck. I always get nervous about the integrity of gluing things that hang off/have potential to be bumped. So I added a little reinforcement. I drilled small holes and then put a brass pin with superglue inside of the “stabling box” and then lined up the holes on the wall, drilled, and used wood glue for the box against the wall with superglue on the brass pins. I used this technique on my previous build and everything held up great.
  3. Finished planking the first floor rooms, just getting started on the trim and I’m also jumping ahead and planking the second deck. I have a feeling I’m going to move extremely slow on the second level deck due to the 45 degree angles, or as the directions call it a “herringbone” pattern. i am using the same push pin technique that I used on the first deck planking on the room wall planking and also the upper decks.
  4. Thanks for the advice, I will look into the furniture place. Started planking the rooms this weekend, it will be stained the same color as the deck is. 2 coats of golden pecan. Using my trusty plank cutter has really made this process much smoother.
  5. I actually did come across that, but given the scale of the model, my slight obsession for the “clean” look, and that most likely, and that likely no one who will see this model in person will know that I skipped a few holes haha. I do agree there is a place for authenticity, but, from my limits experience, it’s not on AL models as they are typically built more for a “good build” rather than authenticity. made a little more progress today, got the hull planking 3/4 finished, popped out the first floor room walls and fitted/glued together. my original plan of putting a small “casino” on the first floor may be hindered now as all of the dollhouse casino stuff I could find is about twice as tall as the rooms. So I may be making my own card table and we’ll see what I can come up with. Overall the fit of the rooms was good except once it was assembled it required some force to get it back into the deck slots.
  6. Got the holes poked, sanded with a 220 sanding block and put a coat of cherry stain on it. I think it turned out pretty good. This will be the second coat of stain so far. there is a good chance I’ll put a few layer of tung oil on it when it’s all said and done.
  7. On my last build, I purchased and studied a few different techniques (well after the fact of needing it of course) and it mentioned a way to get realistic nails in the deck by taking a pin and poking holes, sanding lightly over the deck and allowing the dust to accumulate in the tiny holes. Then staining the deck and allowing the dust to take in the stain more so than the surrounding wood. We’ll see how it turns out!
  8. Yup, I am definitely learning that...I’m a little disappointed so far with this kit. I just finished the AL San Francisco II and everything seemed to fit together great. Ah well. Just needs a little work and it’ll look perfect in the end, it always does. getting the hull braces glued in tonight, tomorrow I I’m planning on finishing up the deck and putting it on the hull. I also already learned how easy this plywood separates. When I first put the the deck on the full there is a slight curve up and the plywood separated with that. It was pretty disheartening that’s for sure
  9. I am a resident just finishing up 6 weeks in the ICU, in the center of inner city detroit. It’s a disaster. I’m healthy as can be though, I got lucky. spent a little more time today putting the hull together. Instead of planking it comes with one solid piece per side and then gets .5mm planking over top of that. clamping and pinning the bow is always such a pain in the but. the pieces were also a little too long, I had to cut the end flush with the midline so they lined up properly
  10. Well with the current state of this covid nonsense, I have essentially been living in the hospital and haven’t had much time to work until recently. the pictures of my progress are pretty self explanatory, I haven’t done anything special to it yet. Once the deck gets glued to the hull it’ll be more interesting, I am tossing around the idea of adding a casino to the inside of the first level room and lighting it. We’ll see. hope everyone is staying safe
  11. amazon GAC 400, I used it on my sails on the San Francisco (link below) and the sails held their shape great
  12. I’m not sure, it shouldn’t? Here are screenshots of what I see. I click choose file and then I click “photo library” and it takes me to my photo album
  13. I love seeing you back at it. Do you find the black clips modified like that work? When I did it I felt that some of them didn’t really clamp down hard to stay secure because the silver wire part kept the black clip slightly open. If that makes sense. it’s looking really nice though
  14. The kit itself came with 2 small pieces of laser cut plywood for the “filler” blocks to allow for more surface area when glueing the sides of the hull. I personally am a fan of bigger fill blocks to allow for more surface area, as Id hate to wake up one day to see the hull coming apart. I have some balsa wood from a whittling kit that I use, it’s really soft. The glue I use for planking expands when it dries so in my head I tell myself that it will have a better fixation. I still have to sand them down to shape, which I will he doing with a Dremel with a sanding flap wheel, file, and then a sanding block for the finishing touches What are other options for good filler blocks?
  15. I started assembling the keel first, as per the instructions. I’m not sure how other kits are but mine extremely tight, to the point where I couldn’t not even dry fit them without feeling like I needed a mallet to get them into place so I filed down all of the connecting joints just a tad. After that they all slid right together. howevet, I did find a mistake in the plywood labeling. The bulkhead pieces 4 and 5 were labeled backward. Other than that, so far so good.

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