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About MrBlueJacket

  • Birthday 08/22/1949

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    Searsport, Maine
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    Ship models, r/c planes

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  1. Pinrails - as promised. Now it occurs to me that I didn't have to be so precise about fitting the stanchions - the tops can't be seen!
  2. To get each stanchion the correct height, the best way is to mark it in place. I use the Xacto blade to make a cut in the edge. Sometimes it needs a touch of sandpaper to fit, but mostly it goes right in. Then hold it with tweezers while you apply a drop of thin CA glue.
  3. Last night I measured, trimmed and installed 34 stanchions on the port side. Each one is a slightly different length. It was a couple of hours of great fun.
  4. Nice job finishing this, Jon. 10% off your next kit from BlueJacket has been added to your customer file. Thanks for the build thread. Nic
  5. Take a deep breath, cross those fingers, and spray! OK it looks good, now the real test - pull off the masking tape........ HOORAY! Just a little touch-up needed on the inside of the bulwarks from the first spray job.
  6. Further thought - where the stem separates from the hull, cut it at that point, then glue to the hull. The remaining wedge-shaped gap will be easier to fill, and the stem won't look elongated.
  7. "Putty and paint........ Makes it look like what it ain't" Sounds like a plan
  8. So the masking didn't work out the way I wanted. I forgot to run a seal coat of clear after I masked it off, and the paint bled. You can look at October 2018 newsletter (www.bluejacketinc.com - newsletter archive) to see the technique. So on Sunday I re-sprayed the waterline where it bled. (*sigh*)
  9. The Red Jacket instructions call for cutting the stern caprail out of bass sheet, and fitting it into place. I've always had trouble doing that, because it is difficult to get an even width. Mine always look a little "off." Taking a hint from the bow caprail on the Charles Notman, I decided to laminate it. The rail is 1/8" x 1/16" so I used 4 pieces of 1/32" x 1/16." A simple 5-minute soak in water made them pliable and I taped them around the stern overnight. The next night it was very easy to lay them down. The finished product looks nice and even.

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