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  1. Now I'm almost done with planking both halves. Just the last strip to fit on both sides. All in all i think it has gone well. No problems that sanding and a bit of filler cannot solve 😉 My impression of the Aliphatic Resin I started using for this is positive. It is quite similar to white glue in handling, but is a bit stickier and the pieces does not tend to glide when pressed together. The only problem I have is with the bottle. It has a special screw "tap" on the tip that makes it easy to close the bottle with one hand after applying the glue and holding the pieces with the other hand. However, I find it hard to control the tap to get a very fine sting of glue (for example on the sides of the strips). Cheers
  2. My new method of bending the bottom sheet worked better. There is still a small gap to the stem, but I can live with that. I have continued with the upper planking. For this I'm using my new glue "Aliphatic Resin". Previously I used ordinary white PVA glue. The new glue should be a bit more suitable for model building as it sticks together quicker and possibly dries quicker. On the other hand it is at least twice as expensive. I will use it for a while and see what I think of it. Cheers
  3. So, the first try at bending the plywood sheet was not fully successful. The modified paperclips I used didn't provide enough clamping force, so there became gaps to the bulkheads. I need a new approach. I drilled a hole in the second bulkhead and put a matchstick through it. This provided something for the clothespins to clamp against. So I re-soaked the plywood in hot water and clamped it down better this time. There was also a gap towards the stem, so I cut a groove (rabbet) for the plywood and planks to end in. Cheers
  4. I have just started with ship modelling, but feel that is something I will continue doing, so I have arrange a building area. The only suitable place was under the stairs! Just like Harry Potter. The table isn't wide, just 80 cm. so it will limit the size of models to be built in this shipyard. But it's kind of cozy. To the right (not shown) I have some drawers and shelves for tools and building material. No space for working on more than one (or possibly two) models in parallel though. Cheers
  5. Next step is to glue the deck to the frames. When comparing the build logs mentioned above they follow somewhat different paths, either gluing the deck or the bottom first. Maybe there instructions are somewhat different since the ages of the kits are different. Anyhow, I followed the instruction in my kit and glued the deck first. I used the part of the plywood sheet where the false keel was cut out from to get the correct curvature to press the deck to the frames. This worked excellent, the deck got really tight towards the frames. Next step is fairing the hull. As this is my first ship model with a traditional planking I want to go carefully. The curves are not extreme (compared to other build logs) but the bow comes in at about 45 degrees to the stem. The hull form is (as Chris Watton mentions above) rather box-like and the bottom is almost flat. To simplify the planking the bottom half is "planked" with laser cut thin plywood. As the plywood piece tapers sharply towards the fore and aft the rest of the hull, which will be planked with strip wood, will need much less tapering. However the plywood piece is not so easy to bend, especially in the bow, even after soaking in hot water. I tried to solve this by putting a screw in the build board and put a wedge to hold the curve in place while drying. Cheers
  6. I've started with dry fitting and then gluing the bulkheads to the two (!) false keels. As mentioned the hull is built in halves, which are then glued together. A building board in MDF is included in the kit, but I want to build the halves in parallel to get them as equal as possible, so I got a second one. The parts fitted well together. Below I have glued the frames to the false keels, with some waxed paper underneath so they wont stick to the boards.
  7. I have done some research about the real Will Everard. First out of curiosity, later to decide how I want my model to look. Will has goon through several phases in her life, and is still sailing on the Thames. Will Everard was originally built in 1925 as one of four sister steel-hulled spritsail barges for F T Everard and Sons Ltd shipping company. She was built so that an engine could be installed, but this was only done in 1950. In 1966 she was sold. In 1972 a restoration begun where among other things the cargo hold was converted to a saloon. She has since gone through several owners and is now a floating restaurant and charter boat. I have found several sources: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/234/will https://www.shippingwondersoftheworld.com/thames_barges.html http://www.hms-worcester.me.uk/page26.html https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/67432.html http://rowifi.com/ndc/the-everard-story.html One key decision is what period I would like my model to represent. To me the pre-engine sailing period seems most attractive. This means that some of the fittings and parts in the kit will not be used, such as the skylights on the cargo hold and the exhaust pipe. An interesting observation is that the kit does not contain a propeller! One of my main references will be pictures of a model from Royal Museums Greenwich. The model is (according to the online catalogue) built in 1925 and should be an accurate enough reference. There are some details that I will not do as the model though. The sails looks to be to big and the bottom color should be an orange/pink color. The following are postcards from an unknown date showing Will Everard. The bottom color is not easy to see, but it is clearly not green. Other sources state is as pink, not green. Cheers
  8. For my second model ship project I will build Billing Boats "Will Everard". It is the first kit I bought. But due to delayed shipment I bought another kit (Swampscott Dory by BlueJacket) from a local hobby store and built it instead as my first build. I originally selected this kit since I thought it "looked nice" and wanted to try model ship building as a hobby. I have since read a lot more about the hobby, the kit in question and about the ship itself. I still feel that it will be a fun kit to build, but now based on a bit of more understanding and knowledge. The kit is labeled as a beginners kit on Billing Boats website, but on the box it says "The Advanced Beginner". I think that should be about my level of experience 🙂 The content of the kit looks OK. There are laser cut plywood parts, strip wood for planking of the hull and of the deck and a building board in MDF. Fittings are a mix of plastic and metal parts. I have read in several places that Billing Boats instructions are lacking a lot of detail. After having read them I can confirm this. Even simple things, like that the numbering of the parts list is the intended order in which the parts should be assembled is not mentioned. I figured this out after studying the drawings for some time. Fortunately there are two good build logs for this kit here on MSW by Izzy Madd and by Micklen32 they should help me along. The hull of this kit is built in two halves, which are later glued together. It should (in theory at least) make it easier to do the planking. We will see... After reading the build logs mentioned I have noticed that Billing have made modifications to kit over the years (this is a rather old kit). In particular regarding how the bulkheads are mounted. The form it takes in my kit looks to be slightly easier than seen in Izzy Madds or Micklen32s builds.
  9. The last steps of this (rather short) journey has ended. The sail, mast and boom I had already prepared. The only step needed was to mount them together. For this rings made of steel wire was used. I'm wondering what they would be models of? In most pictures i find online the sail seem to be tied to the mast using rope. I have also mounted the cleats and eyelets for attaching the rigging. And finally everything is assembled and the rigging lines are tied to where they should go. All in all I'm happy with the result. Maybe the boat even turned out better than I expected when I started. I am a beginner, and most of the techniques and methods used where more or less new to me. The kit from BlueJacket turned out to be what was advertised, a suitable kit for a beginner. The material provided was of excellent quality. The instructions and drawings where good, even though there where a few places where the drawings, text and photos did not align exactly. Especially regarding the rigging. Now I will turn my attention to other projects. I have a small kit for a ship in a bottle, a kit from Billing boats and scratch build of a similar dory that I have started at a ship modelling course I started last week. I will be busy. Cheers
  10. Hello again, Two weeks with only short periods at the building table. Mostly painting. The inside has been painted in vallejo cork brown. Maybe it came out to dark, could have used some brighter color. In the picture below I have started to fit the seat risers to the frames. I painted the inside before I mounted the seat risers as I though it would be hard to reach when they where in place. I scratched away the paint before gluing, to get a clean wood to attach to. Next I mounted the seats (which has been given two layers of shellac) and the rudder. I have also move into a new build area (below the stairs). It will be sufficient for this size of boat, but for any future larger projects someplace else is needed (but that is for a later time to figure out). The bottom has been painted as well. Next I will add varnish and then mount the hull to the stand so it will be steady when working with the rigging.
  11. Thanks. I opted for trying shellac as a sanding filler before painting. The result came out yellow-brown and somewhat spotty where the shellac did not stick to the places where there where some glue rests. However since I plan to paint both the inside and outside so it should not matter. I realized that it would be easier to paint the inside before I installed the seat risers, seats, cleats etc. Maybe I should have masked of the spots where I need to glue them, so that I wont glue on painted areas. But that would be tricky so I hope it will work anyway. I marked of the waterline so I know where to put the white color.
  12. The result of the weekends work is starting to look like a boat: I have cut down the frames, stained and added rails, painted the centerboard and mounted it in the centerboard box, glued the assembly to the bottom and finally steamed and bent the thinner frames to the sides. The line from the centerboard box is used to raise and lower the centerboard. The next steps will be sanding the inside before installing and more details that would be in the way.
  13. Thanks for the input, it sounds plausible. However, the gaps are not equal on all the frames, so I still think I made some mistakes. When I have continued with the model it seems that the gaps and the possible misalignment of the planks are not so severe. Here all the planks are glued and I will just start to cut down the frames. I have also been busy preparing parts to be installed later; mast, boom oars etc. In the picture below they have been given a coat of base filler before paining and are hanging to dry. Unfortunately the filler I got together with the kit contains thinner that's not really suitable for indoor use, and I don't think I can use it for the rest of the build. So now I'm looking for some alternative. I seems that wipe on poly is quite popular in these pages. However I'm not familiar with that and have not found it here in Sweden. Instead I have bought shellac and will try that.
  14. A quick update. I built the stand for the boat, so that I have something to hold it up when gluing the rest of the planks. The kit contained laser cut parts for the stand, and the instruction says to use dowel from the kit. Unfortunately there is not enough left after I have made the mast, boom and oars. I got some new 6 mm beech wood dowel from my local hardware store. I stained the dowel and the parts from the kit in dark mahogany and the color seem to come out close enough for the different parts. The last plank steamed and left to dry. My trusted miniature iron is used to hold it down. Cheers /Tobias
  15. Step by step I have now steamed, bent and glued the first and second planks to the frames. I had no previous experience with steaming and bending wood in this manner. I was rather surprised of how easy it was. However as I feared the alignment of the frames was not correct and the otherwise probably perfectly cut planks needed some persuasion to put in place. In the following picture it is easy to see the gap between the frame and the first plank. As it is now the frame is to narrow, and I had to force (mildly) the second plank in position. What I have learned is that I should have dry fitted the frames and planks in some way to check that they fit. I did consider backtracking and breaking up all the glue, but I'm afraid that I would break some of the planks by doing that. I have also dry fitted the rest of the planks and it looks like it will be possible to shape them nicely.

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