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  1. Build Instruction 11 - Cabin F I have now painted the walls, hatches and portholes. The portholes were fitted without any problems. The build instructions suggested a 3.5mm hole for the portholes, but in reality they required a 4mm hole. The hatches have to be glued in place. I have clamped a spare plank in place, suitable marked to indicate where each hatch should by located. I did apply a sanding sealer before applying the paint. I also painted the inner walls black. Photo of Cabin F Build Instruction 24 - Cabin N I decided to start work on Cabin N, wh
  2. Build Instruction 11 - Cabin F Today I made a start on Cabin F, which is a very simple build or so I thought. The front facing panel requires 8 holes so that the portholes can be fitted. In the first instance I cut the front facing panel to the correct length and then drilled the holes. As can be seen in the attached photo this was not a good idea and I had to scrap this piece. The second time around I drilled the panel first and then cut to the required length. Photo of the first attempt. Photo of second attempt with portholes and hatch covers dry fitted
  3. Build Instruction 8 - Cabin E I have completed planking the walls and have glued the various sub assemblies together for Cabin E. The window frames and doors will be fitted when I start the painting of the Cabin. I found my little plank cutting jig (and also my edge sanding jig) to very time saving. The paddlewheel houses shown are not glued at this stage, they will be added after the painting phase when the Cabins are to be fitted to the deck. The planked walls will look much better when painted.
  4. Build Instruction 8 - Planking Walls I have continued on with the planking of the outer walls of Cabin E and I have now found a method that seems to work well. As each edge of the planks requires a lateral sand I made a simple jig to make the task much easier. I had a length of triangular wood left over from a previous project. I added a shelf to one edge which allows the plank to be sanded to rest on. I can then simply sand at right angles to the apex of the triangle which provides a nice consistent lateral sanded edge. Photo of jig When planking the ou
  5. Build Instruction 8 - Planking Walls This is my second attempt at planking Cabin E's outer walls (106 & 107). This time I started off by making a cutting jig which lets my cut each short plank to the same lengths. This has proved to be a great aid to the build process. Photo of cutting jig I then used a straight edge to help ensure the short pieces are positioned correctly. The planks are over sized and can be trimmed when added to Cabin E. Photo of Aligning Planks I then made a jig which replicates the window frame base whic
  6. Build Instruction 10 - Planking The Walls I was not happy with how my first planking was turning out on Cabin E's walls 106 and 107, particularly with how the window frames were fitting as the seating edge is only about 0.2mm wide and the depth of the window below the lip is slightly less than the 1mm think planks. I therefore took the bold step and ripped off all the planking (I had not done to much) and decided that I would start again. I am still deciding on the best method to proceed. I am very tempted to work as follows: a) fit all the long strips between each
  7. Build Instruction 10 - Planking The Walls. The outer walls of the various cabins have to be planked, leaving gaps for the windows to be fitted. The panels also need to be painted black beneath the windows. Finally both lateral edges of each plank requires a slight rounded edge appearance, i.e. each plank needs to be filed. This is going to be a very time consuming task, based on todays progress. As I have started to glue some of Cabin E's internal structures I decided to start with the two outside walls of this cabin that will line up with the paddlewheel housings. I have t
  8. Build Instruction 8 - Cabin E I have spent quite a bit of time checking dimensions of various pieces as there does seem to be some variations in the parts supplied compared to what is necessary for the correct assembly of Cabin E with the two completed paddlewheel housings. To this end I decided to do some detailed design work to determine what dimensions the various pieces need to be. The width of the deck is 101mm. The appropriate deck pieces 14, 15 and 16 need to 103mm wide. The extra 1mm per side is necessary for build instruction 17 where the underside of the deck has som
  9. Just trying to get a sense of how the different cabin parts fit together in order to work out the correct position of Cabin E's outer walls in relation the paddlewheel house prior to planking the outer wall. I will not be able to move forward properly with the positioning until the missing deck piece (14) arrives as I need a secure base line before the lower cabins can be assembled. For example the outer walls of Cabin E (when planked) need to be aligned with the outer edges of the paddlewheel housing which should also match the width of deck piece 14. I can go ahead and plank the
  10. Build Instruction 7c - Paddlewheel Housings Today I added the planking to the two paddlewheel housings. This was a fairly straightforward task that did not take too long to complete. On reflection it would have been much better (for a neater finish) to have added the planking before I assembled the housings, but the build instructions refer to adding the planking after assembly. There is a 1mm x 1mm strip to go around the curved outer section of each housing. The housings, when complete, will be painted white. Photo 1 - Mid way through planking Photo 2 - plan
  11. Build Instruction 6a - Cabin A I have been checking the alignments of the deck and roof parts, related to Cabin A. I'm now confident with how the superstructure parts fit, making allowances for the planking of the walls. To make sure I have everything lined up I decided to clamp the parts, as can be seen in the following 3 photos. Before I go ahead with the final assembly I think it will be easier to plank the walls of the sub structures first. Build Instruction 7c - Paddlewheel Housings I have now completed the assembly of the two paddlewheel housings. Prior
  12. Build Instruction 5 - First Deck While waiting for the missing deck part I have been checking some of the alignments. The Cabin A roof piece (part 17) needs to follow the shape of the first deck piece (part 16). They clearly do not match as can be seen the following photograph so a little bit of trimming will be required. I also looked at deck pieces 15 and 16. The should be the same width and as can be seen in the attached photo this is not the case, I will have to trim piece 15. I will wait until I receive the replacement part 14 from Amati so I can complete the instal
  13. Build Instruction 1a - Cabin A As I was preparing to complete the assembly of Cabin A I noticed a discrepancy with the size of the roof piece (part 17) when I was looking to position the front wall (part 18). When I checked the plans I confirmed that I had cut part 18 to the specified length, and as can be seen on the following photo it matched the plan drawing as well. I then compared the roof section with the plan drawings and noted that the laser cut part was oversized. This can be seen in the following two pictures. In the first picture I placed the roof part on top
  14. Build Instruction 6a (Cabin A) and 6b (Cabin) Cabin A Instruction 6a With regards to Cabin A I soaked the two side walls in warm water for about 15 mins and then clamped them to the sub assembly as so they will take the shape as the wood dries out over night. Cabin B Instruction 6b I then moved on to Cabin B after dry fitting the parts I then clued and clamped the parts together. On the glue has cured the edges will require fairing so the three side walls can be bent to follow the curves. The larger front wall will have to be tilted when fitted so it rem
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