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  1. Just getting to posting a few more entries into the build log: The hull took several coats of rattle can flat black since I last posted - and below is the result of those passes. I buffed the hull out a bit using some steel wool in between coats; yet there are still some small blemishes. In marking the waterline, I gave up on the supplied WL marking tool, and opted for setting up my laser level and then just tracing the beam onto the hull. Of course, I made sure the boat was correctly level both fore and aft, as well as at midships port/starboard. Below, is coat one of the copper paint after the waterline had been taped out. ...and after two or three coats of the copper paint, some buffing, and repeat... Still visible, some blemishes even with the multiple paint coat layers. Dry-fitting the pintels and gudgeons...obviously before any trimming had been done. The final result of the fully assembled rudder system as seen below. I opted to leave the top-most portion of the rudder (where attaches to tiller) as natural wood. I liked the idea of keeping that in a finish consistent with the deck stain (i.e. Minwax Provincial wiping stain in this case). Another view with the rudder deck plate glued in. And finally, the deck un-masked. I had some small touchups in the stain necessary as some tape pulled up some of the finish. I must have not waited long enough with the wiping stain. I deliberated on whether or not to blacken the brass fittings with some patina, but I opted to stay with the bright brass look for cleats, eyelets, rods and other brass hardware as a rule. (My rationale being that almost certainly, the proud crew of any vessel in the Revenue Cutter service would be proudly polishing their fittings to a mirror shine...)
  2. Here is first pass sanding after the filler layer. The stern filled out nicely, as did the gap I had between the hull and the keel here. Gluing down the deck after checking the fit once last time: Ended up using the Minwax "Provincial" wiping stain for the deck surface. After the deck was on, I found I needed a small 1/8" added section to the forepeak to raise the level back with the top of the deck. Side view: Deck masked off and dryfitting the wales. Some prep to the pintle and gudgeons before spraying them out black... Had to re-mask the deck. Here's the first coat of the black primer at hull. I'll need to fill some blemishes and hit it again a few times I am seeing...
  3. Really enjoying this documentation. I am still in the early stage of my Bj Revenue Cutter. Looking forward to your progress.
  4. Congrats on getting her into the museum Rich! If I am ever up in Nova Scotia, that would be a fun thing to see in person.
  5. I seem to have sanded a little bit more than I needed to on the stern, as others have done. Ugh. In the dry fit of the rudder, I determined that I would trim about 1/8" off on the length of the keel, and then plan to fill the gap with some wood filler. I think this may be the best "middle-ground approach." Hopefully it doesn't mess up too much down the road... The test fit suggests everything should align well: Below in blue, is the area I will fill...a little further on. Similarly, there are some low spots at the bow that will need to fill in. Overall not much on this one. I think this is in the realm of workable to move forward. Since I recently did a countertop clean -off and reorganization, I thought I would provide a shot of the work station and layout of my modeling area. I am always interested in seeing everyone's different setups. Here goes the first coats of wood filler... Using the Goodfilla wood filler, which seems to set up rather quickly and maker for a hard, sand-able surface. Will document how the sanding goes in a future post!
  6. Today was more sanding and shaping of the hull. I am realizing there are some areas that I am going to need to fill with putty as they are a bit low. Overall, things are getting closer to the specified shape: More on the previous process: Set the template against the hull, mark the places that touch with a big X at the location the template hits most prominently, then a small X where it hits less prominently. Attack the large X places a bit more aggressively... repeat process. Again and again. The stern taking shape: And it's a wrap for the day... I will leave the hull with some notes for next time:
  7. Hello again! It's been quite the busy several months for me since the last post: working on getting a new business up and rolling, multiple summer projects around the house, and general cleanup around the shop... Nevertheless, I spent some time yesterday to pull out the model again, dust off the instructions, and get my head back into the game with the "Revenue Cutter" I had left off just completing shaping the bow and stern areas; and the next move was to start the hull shaping using the templates. For the majority of the shaping, I am using the Dremel tool with sanding head and extension. This is still a rather slow process, as I am taking little sections at a time, and verifying constantly with the template references. As others have noted, the bulk of the material to be removed is at the stern - and it takes a good amount of time to get there. Constant checking of the hull templates... The small drill holes are visual indicators on where the centerline of the keel strip goes (per the Bluejacket instructions). My general process was to place pencil marks where the template hits, works those areas down, and then repeat. I started at the stern, port side, and worked templates T, 8 and 7 for some time, before moving to midships. I would periodically bounce back and forth from the bow to the transom. As the instructions explain, mark 1/16" to the left and right of the centerline holes to give indication of where the keel strip is to be placed. Here is a dry fit in progress. Still much more sanding to do! Dry fit at bow: This is probably about 4 hours of sanding in at this point. More sanding and finessing to come.
  8. I really like this model Rich! Gives some context to Slocum's long journey and the confines of the vessel. Very well done!
  9. Congratulations Ken! She looks great. A fun build indeed! Always great to see others interpretations of the same kit. That's a model to be proud of!
  10. Getting started on the Revenue Cutter. As per the instructions suggest, I started off with building the cradle and mounting the hull-shaping templates to some card stock. Had to give the cradles a good sanding as the laser cutting leave a pretty good char on the edges of the thicker material pieces. Got them cleaned up and dried - now will be choosing a stain to apply to the mounting cradle (more on that later). Marking out the guide lines for the hull pattern shapes (as well as marking the center line on deck). Started some preliminary work on the stern shaping using a Dremel and sanding attachment. I got the shape close, and will likely transition to hand sanding with a fine grit. I'll need to work out some of these larger pits:
  11. You're getting really close! The detail looks great, and it's interesting to see the choices you made with rigging. Looks really logical and functional! Makes me wish I would have seen them before rigging my Spray! Also - the visual quality on your lines look really nice. Did you use the provided threads, or did you substitute some different rigging? -Josh
  12. Unboxing day: For my second kit model, I chose the Revenue Cutter by Bluejacket Shipcrafters. Was really happy with the Spray model I chose prior, so I wanted to follow it up with something slightly more complex rigging-wise. No building today, just taking in the kit: Excited about this one!
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