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  • Birthday 04/15/1946

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  1. Thanks, hamilton. Dave, I use 'Satin' Poly. I have sanding sealer, but, when I tested that on this timber, I decided I preferred the deeper colour that straight Poly gives. Also the Poly seems to hide the blemishes a bit better, where I have filled with strips of timber or wood filler. Cheers, Brett
  2. Dave's progress on his build prompted me to show a bit more of mine. After failing to find a definitive guide (I think that's the only purpose of these logs - to help those who follow), I decided to use a garboard plank that tapered towards the bow. I planned to leave the 4mm gap at the stern, and trim out the rest of the space for the keel later: In that photo you see that I was gluing a break towards the bow. I prefer to use PVA for my models (where possible), so at this stage the stern is glued, and I added glue further forward later. I tried to shape the planks
  3. Wow! You're racing along. I took sort of the same approach - a few up the top, then a few by the keel, then fill in the middle. That's about all those useless instructions suggest. I will have to update my log sometime. You'll be surprised and pleased when you sand and seal the whole hull. Looking good!
  4. Ah well, I had sort of decided to stop my log here, but am now encouraged to continue. Hamilton - on we go! Sephirem - I know EXACTLY what you mean about planking nightmares. More later. LMDAVE - yes, I would use 2.5 or 3mm wide deck planks if I could get them. So, planking began. I asked around, and the response from another forum was that it works/looks better using full length planks, so that is what I decided to do. In retrospect I think it looks pretty, but incorrect, with full length planks. It is also proving $%@*ing impossible to bend them accurately, so I am
  5. Bulwark time. These are precut thin plywood sheets, seen here pinned on: You can see they need a bit of light persuasion to fit fully: So they got it: And done: Views of the clinker built walls: And the fairing is under way: Now to finish off the stern! Then the planking begins! Cheers, Brett
  6. Hi all. I'm building the San Francisco II and need some planking advice. This is my first time with single planking. The planks are mahogany, 2mm by 5mm. The instructions show the planks as being laid in one length. This seems wrong to me, both because I don't believe the ship would have been built like that, and also because it will be extremely hard to do with 2mm thick planks. Here is a section of the plans: So, my question is which way do you think will be better, sections or full planks? All opinions and advice welcomed! Thanks, Brett
  7. Bit of a progress report. I completed the deck planking, using 10cm max length planks. Scaled up, this makes 9m long, by 45cm wide. Not sure what the real size would have been. Here they are before edge trimming: After some trimming: And after some of the vertical walls were planked: These walls are planked in a clinker pattern, which may show up in future photos. This view from the stern shows a variety of patterns. The top 1/3rd is thin planks, butted together vertically; the next little bit is the same planks run horizontally; then
  8. Thanks, hamilton. I plan to stick with the single planking, just to see what it's like. If I fail, I will rethink! Cheers, Brett
  9. Hi Hamilton, Yes, the stem etc are added after the planking, into a slot cut to receive it, like so in the plans: Here are two better views of the way the frames sit on the false keel at present: My concern is that this is single planked, and the planks are 2mm thick! It may all work out simply by pre-bending the planks, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something here. I think the one you did was double planked? Ah, the fun that poor plans/instructions cause! I can see why the experts build from scratch. Cheers Brett
  10. Before I post my progress photos, I have a question that I hope someone who has made this will answer. I have not been able to find out from reading logs. The frames do not all finish at the same level on the false keel. The sternmost 3 are short as shown by the red arrows, below. This seems intentional, but odd: I am ready to get stuck into the fairing, then I will be planking. Should I do anything in this area to simplify the planking? Thanks, Brett
  11. I plodded on fitting the remaining frames, trying to be as accurate as possible, then added the remaining decks. However, when I got to what I normally think of as "the sharp end" (this ship has a very blunt bow), I noticed an error of a mm or so: You can see in the red circles how the deck and frame are a bit out. So I put my ungluing skills to work: Fortunately I didn't have to remove the frame, just twist it a little. Decks all fitted, I cut some blocks to strengthen the assembly: I also added some roughly cut balsa at the bow, to aid with pla
  12. I was given this as a birthday present by one of my sons. So, despite intending to select a model with excellent instructions, I'm stuck with A-L. It will be my first attempt at single planking. I've seen a couple of brave souls attempting this as their first build - no way would I recommend that! There are surprisingly few surviving full logs on MSW, but I have found others on another forum that have more detail. After reading and asking for hints, it was time to get under way. The plans say to test all the frames and decks, so off we go (no glue yet): They then
  13. Hi Wolf, I'm just starting this model, so I'm only now reading your log. I love the idea of laser aligning the masts. Yet another great idea to try to remember! Cheers, Brett
  14. Hi Brian, Firstly congratulations on the whole build. I especially like the index you've put at the beginning of the log. Very helpful to others. For the mount, I initially preferred the square one, but on review I think the U shape would look better if made the same height as you've done the square shaped one. Cheers, Brett
  15. Posting some photos, to show a bit more detail. First, the rigging. The top of the masts became a jumble. I would have done better if I had been able to go back in time. I did not realise how many ropes were at the pointy end! Other views, to show the rigging: Finally, a bunch of views from various viewpoints: The End! Now, normally at this point the search for the next model would begin. However, that has been decided - one of my sons bought me the San Francisco II. Not
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