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Dr PS - Paul Schulze

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  1. I see how cardstock would work great fro 2D; however, the Cheek pieces have a complicated 3D twist with scarfs. I think I can get the scarfs OK if I can get the basic twists down. I can probably used cardstock to get the proper length and height of the Cheek and then do some carving on the resulting block. I will continue working on it - trial and error. If other builders of the MS NBW have scale drawings of the Cheeks, I would appreciate any help.
  2. I am having real problems making the Cheek pieces. The dimensions on the plan sheets don’t help very much. I have attempted several pieces and none seem very close to what others have achieved. Not only do I have to get one right, I will have to cut another matching one for the other side. I have several pictures of what others have done, but descriptions are very sparse. Some have indicated that they are not too hard to make. Before I waste more daylight and wood, I would appreciate any tips from others.
  3. I have completed the ceiling. I used 3/64” x 5/16” strips for all ceiling planks except #6 on the port side where the gap was a bit too wide. Here I cut a plank to fit from a 1/2” wide strip.
  4. Centerboard Trunk and Mast Step have been completed. Reinforcing strips were glued to the top of the keel in two places for mounting rods.
  5. I have now completed installing the Thwart Risers, adjacent ceiling pieces and beams for the stem and stern sheets. The Thwart Risers and Ceilings will be painted so I have chosen not to use nail fasteners. The outer strakes will also be painted. Next will be the Centerboard Trunk and Mast Step.
  6. The frames were finally completed. They were held in place for the PVA glue to dry with a clamp at the gunwale strake and a pin at keel. The thwart risers were also attached with PVA glue at a distance below the top edge of the gunwale strake as indicated on Sheet 2 or the plans. The risers were made from kit supplied 1/16” x 1/4” strips.
  7. Arthur, the color scheme is my biggest pondering right now. I know Whaleboats were not always painted the same but each company had their scheme for recognition at sea. The recommended colors are not too bad. Other folks building this model have deviated from this, some completely. Curious, do you have any suggestions as to what you would do? As a matter of fact, I would like others out there to jump in on this.
  8. Started framing and decided to make a jig for spacing the frames. The jig was simply made of blocks, cut to the correct length, glued with Extra Thick CA glue to a 1/32” brass strip. The central portion has no spacers so that the frames can be easily positioned. After marking the central frame using mold three, I proceeded to put the bottom half of the laminated frames in place. I expect a few days of work to finish the frames entirely.
  9. Well, the hull has been built. I noticed a couple of issues which I should have caught and addressed earlier. Looking at the stem from the front, I noticed the strakes below the Sheer are off a bit (the stern was spot on). 😳 The second issue is that the tops of most of the molds do not touch the inboard side of the keel. The latter probably resulted from the fact that I removed the boat from the molds after each strake placement so I could run super thin CA down the seams. Hopefully it will not affect the outcome. Here the Sheer strake is clamped until the glue dries
  10. Really looking good. Your heading down the last stretch. I found the final steps as tedious and somewhat time consuming. Have you ever wondered how many builders throw in the towel at this point??? I encourage you to keep up the good work. 😎 I really like your knot board on the wall. Did you make it and do you refer to it?
  11. Not too bad! For some reason I find it a bit slow going. The nice part is that the strakes were laser cut but some needed battens attached to them. Soon the fun begins as 24 frames have to be added.
  12. Strakes #’s 2, 3 and 4 were glued into place using CA glue. In order to keep the glue off the molds, waxed paper was slipped between the strakes and molds. The battens were glued to the strakes with PVA prior to placement. Strake #5 is shown below clamped to the provided clove piece for shaping prior to gluing. So far, no real problems have occurred. 😎
  13. The second laminate layers were assembled and glued. The upper and lower keels were positioned and glued to the laminate layers at the stem and stern.Next, the keel lips and laminate bevels were smoothed at the kerf joints. Then the garboards were beveled on the upper outboard edge, soaked in 50/50 alcohol/water, fitted to the molds and keels, allowed to dry and glued in place using medium and super thin CA glue.
  14. Assembled and glued first laminated keel pieces for stem and stern. Next a copy of top and bottom center keel board templates were glued to 3/64”x1/2” and 5/64”x1/2” boards and trimmed. Only the lower layer has the center board slot cut at this time. The first layer laminate pieces were beveled and the kerf cut. Glued paper is easily removed with application of some alcohol
  15. Finally got the molds fastened to horses and horses fastened to construction board. I should have studied the plans a bit more carefully as I glued the fore and aft horses to the cap strip. I don’t think it will pose too much of a problem as they should be fairly easily cut away.
  16. This is my second build log on this site and it is my first POF. There are excellent build logs for the New Bedford Whaleboat here (Carlmb, Mike-In-Ri, Rbohlman, Senior-Old-Salt, Soup591, Ziled68) and elsewhere (https://www.charleswmorganmodel.com/whaleboat-build-log-by-john-fleming.html). As a result of this, I will post progress pictures and make only brief comments where necessary to point out peculiarities found during my build. First the kit: Marked waterlines on profile mold. Fitted section molds. Cut notch in cap strip. Fitted with cap strip. Glued cap strips and section molds to
  17. Hello Tony, I think you are doing a super job on this build. I am impressed by your workmanship and techniques. Your log is great. You know, there are so many tricks of the trade for achieving sometimes very difficult results on a particular step that I wished someone could put together a compendium of all these techniques. Oh well! Keep up the very good work. 😎 Paul
  18. Arthur, I have decided to put the KC on hold for now as I have decided to do the New Bedford Whaleboat. This is a POF build and should be fun and not take two plus years to complete. I am leaning toward projects which can be completed in a reasonable amount of time so that frustration with teadium does not set in. A near example of this was rigging the Cutty Sark model that I had from my younger years. It took a long time and involved a lot of repetitive actions. I wanted to finish it and bore through it all. A POF build should offer some new challenges and be instructive.
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