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John Gummersall

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  1. Forgot to mention above but could not hold off any more without gluing in bulkhead #4 do to the fact that it is glued to the first row of planking. As expected I had to do some "adjustments" to the foredeck and bulkhead to account for the 1/32 planking. End result came out pretty good. One issue, I did not think about,,,,,, I was so excited to finally get the 4th bulkhead and foredeck to match that I ended up gluing on the foredeck. Instructions say to glue it in later. At the time I felt I might as well glue it in now as I could not see a reason to wait. Na
  2. Coal bin glued back in and all is forgiven.... Again I am sorry I did not open that bin, but with my limited skills I just do not think I would do a good job of it this late in the build. One additional do to the increased floor boards. The vertical portion of the coal bins need to be trimmed for the top to fit correctly. You can trim the top or the bottom edge. In my case I trimmed the bottom edge as I wanted to make the slots for each bulkhead less pronounced. Use a sanding stick for this as it would be somewhat hard to get an even edge alone the floor using
  3. Not a lot to post, but I have finished up gluing in the seats and flooring. Took a far amount of trimming (due to the 1/32) flooring and probably some inexperience of the builder(me) to get all to line up. End result looks pretty good. One point,,,, the instructions indicate to glue in bulkhead #4 and #12 pretty early on in the build, and before the flooring and seats go in. I did not do this, and I feel that is the right thing to do. In the picture below I glued in bulkhead #12 at the same time as the seats. Issue is the seats have to exactly line up with bulkhead #12.
  4. David I too would like to someday take on the 1:35 version of the Endeavour.... Originally I wanted to take on the 1:35, but my wife felt we did not have a place to fit such a large model and thus talked me into the 1:80 version. But after building the 1:80 version, I really want to build the 1:35 version. The Endeavour is a really neat model. If you ever decide to build the 1:35 version,,, let me know,,,, Maybe by then we will have found a place for the 1:35 and I could build one too along with you.. We'll see,,
  5. Turangi, I too plan to open a bin and show coal.... I got that idea from looking at your build log, but I appreciate your comments above. Thanks for the reminder on making some sort of bottom to the open bin for the coal. I have been out this past week with some friends visiting,,,,but should get back to the Picket build later this week. I have added the clear coat to all the stained parts, but have not yet opened the coal bin. I will probably have to touch up the coal bin as opening it up will expose some unstained wood. Hopefully by the end of
  6. Planking and staining complete. just need to get some clear coat on them now. I decided to plank bulkheads 4 and 12 verses making them grey. Even though I used a pre-stain, it would appear the wood did not take the stain uniformly... but it has a unique look to it. For the grey, I used a stain instead of paint. A little easier for me to use and looks OK Note below, it all depends on the look you are going for. A small section of the bulkheads shows under the coal bins. Some have opted to make those the same color as the floor. Sin
  7. Turangi, Thanks for the comment on how you dealt with the broken ribs. Actually my first thought was to add an extra piece of wood to the bulkhead and glue it to the keel, but "nixed" the idea thinking the floor would not lay flat. I did not think (as you did) that the extra piece of wood could easily be just knocked off after the bulkhead dries... The idea of temporarily adding a piece of wood (when needed from time to time) and later knock it off is a neat trick.. I will keep that in mind. john
  8. Just completed the 1/8 inch insert into bulkhead 18. Instructions do not mention the angle and diagrams seem to indicate the 1/8 inch insert is parallel to the decking, but to me that does not really make any sense. Assuming the 1/8 inch insert should be more even with the slope hull, I made it that way. Hopefully I will not regret this decision later in the build. Insert still need to be trimmed even with bulkhead #18 but the pictures below show it's location (I hope). Temporarily put in the 3/16 rudder shaft to insure the 1/8" insert does not interfere with the rud
  9. Back to the build.... Not much physical progress as several hours have been spent studying the instructions and diagrams. I really want to make sure I fully understand what is going on. Trying to avoid making a decision now that I will regret later in the build. As mentioned earlier, the instructions and diagrams leave a lot to the imagination,,, especially if you are a "newbie" like myself. It seems that every time I go over them I see something I did not realize before.
  10. Turangi, No good deed does go unpunished... I ended up breaking a 3rd bulkhead.... and then two more (of my previously glued bulkheads) broke again when they fell off the table on to the cement floor. On the plus side, they broke in a new location - not where they were previously CA glued. So the good point in all this, is that a drop of CA glue is the answer and these bulkheads are easily re-glued together. With my fat fingers I am sure I have some more bulkhead breakage in my future.
  11. Moving on to the "adjustments" that must be made (or at least known at this time) do to the fact of the 1/32 increase in the height of the planking. For the main decking bulkheads #4 and #12 must be moved forward/backwards 1/32 each to account for their increased height. This is a easy adjustment - I have marked them on the following two pictures. This will move bulkheads #4 and #12 forward/backwards so the floor will fit in. Next dry fit the main floor decking. Neither flooring or bulkheads are glued at this time.
  12. Decision made,,,my wife (shall we say) "advised" me at to the correct way to go. I will be doing the planking of the bow section. Below shows the bow section and the first row of aplanking round the border. It does not match the bow section exactly at the tip, but I think (close enough) and will not be noticeable when all the planking is in place/ From there it is just a matter of filling in the planks. It takes some time an patience. Start with the middle strip and work your way to the outside. Cut a plank close to the final shape, sand, and dry f
  13. Next trimmed down the bow filler planks. Demel tool makes short work of this task. Only real guess work is how much to trim. Pieces come pre-marked as to where to trim, but not real sure how thin to make the leading edge. It all depends on how much indentation you want on the cut water of planking. Not shown here, but the bow and stern bulkheads were also trimmed. Same story as with the bow filler planks - pre-markings on the bow and stern bulkheads show where and how much to trim off. I am sure there will be some fine tuning when I get to gluing them to the keel, but th
  14. Turangi, Glad to have to follow along... Thanks Before going on, be sure to test out the 1/8'' propeller shaft is able to slide through the Keel. If not, trim the canal until it will fit. Then remove it for now Below shows the cutwater after trimming. Looking at the diagrams, I trimmed off about 25% on each side to the leading width is about 1/2 of the full width.
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