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  1. This will be my 4th model and and 2nd plank on frame thank goodness the first was a BlueJacket Lobster Boat with a painted hull ... my planking job was not a thing of beauty. West System lightweight fairing compound and lots of sanding saved the day! Looking forward to the planking challenge and a varnished finish...wish me luck.
  2. Hi folks. My name is Avi Deitcher, finally starting my build log. "Old Ironsides" is my first build. I went camping up in Maine with my wife a very long time ago (Toddy Pond, for those who know the area), long enough that it was a year before our first kid, who recently finished college. On the way back, we stopped for a break and wandered into a store that had my jaw open the whole time, BlueJacket. I have wanted that Constitution ever since, and my wife just surprised me with the model. It took a few weeks of going through the manual, including pulling out my old copy of "Sea of Words" to remember what half the terms meant (half being generous, more likely ¾ 🙂 ), slowly figuring out what paints to get, where to get tools, whether or not to get the topside planking and copper plates, not to mention going through the parts list. I needed calipers to tell which wood part is which! I finally am just about ready to get started. To make things more interesting, I live in Israel, so while some of what I need is readily available here, not everything is. I have an order from a local modeling place that arrived yesterday (he imports Vallejo paints and some tools), Amazon UK coming next week (mostly tools and sandpaper) and one from BlueJacket (planks and copper, etc.). Heading off today to the copy shop to make copies of the profile so I can cut it and start to shape it. I have been looking especially at @KHauptfuehrer's amazing log here (who kindly responded to some of my questions in thread; I hope I stopped before really hijacking it), @jfinan's here (I really like your idea of staining the topside planks instead of painting them, and staining them before gluing them on), @JSGersonkindly welcomed me in the thread and linked to Ken Forman's build and Bill Edgin's build. So many capable and helpful people here, I really am looking forward to this. Yes, I know the build is likely to take me years; I work full time doing technology business consulting. I will post some initial pictures soon.
  3. Hello everyone. This is my first build thread and only the third wooden ship model I've built over the last 40 years (retired now). Currently I'm still reading the instructions and sail plan and yet to purchase tools except for a medium duty knife and pinvise. If you look closely at the body lines you may notice previously erased lines. This had to be done to correctly position the propeller boss area onto more of the keel area. Any advise and opinions are welcomed as although it may be I've bitten off a little more than I can chew, I won't give up the ship. Hope to hear from you and looking forward to my next progress post.
  4. This is the first time I have ever blogged about a build. I've kept notes on builds but not done anything like this. The reason this time, is I am hoping to learn from comments made on my posts, and also my intention is to do weekly updates until the boat is built. My hope is having this "commitment" will help me to make progress on my build, rather than long lulls between activity. This is my fourth build, the first was a Lightning by Dumas, it is incomplete after I messed up the mast, and got holes in the foredeck. It took me years to get to that point. I've subsequently repurchased the messed up parts, and directions/plans with the hope of finishing it after I finish the SPRAY. Every summer for the past 9 years we have spent time in Acadia National Park, and driving up RT 1 would see Blue Jacket. I've always loved wooden sail boats since I was a kid, and so we stopped in one year to look at the models and I was hooked. I purchased a Friendship Sloop in 2015 and finished it in 2018. I told you I'm slow. Before I started on it I built a small Model Shipways kit on sale at Hobby Lobby to practice with. Every summer we stop in at Blue Jacket and chat with Nic or his wife, they keep notes on their customers and ask about our kids and vacation, it makes me feel at home. Two years ago I bought the SPRAY, and a year ago I finaly started the build. This year we couldn't get to Maine, and I missed not being able to swing into the store. Here are some pictures of the build so far, I use LEGOS to try and keep things square. Oops top half of transom is upside down That's better Next a couple pictures at my attempt to steam the planks. First planks are always the easiest Today I tried using boiling water and a soup can to bend around and hold them in place seemed to work the best. I'm also experimenting here with not cutting the shape of the front of the plank where it meets the bow until after the bend is in the plank. It bent OK, but I think on the next model I need to use a jig, bend several at a time and let them fully dry before fitting them to the boat, rather than letting them dry on the boat. I have issues with the wood shrinking as it dries, and then not fitting quite snug in the bow. I push it forward, but all the bends are just a little off at that point. Any tips would be appreciated. And here is where we currently are. I've seen the masking tape clamping method be used on strip built kayaks, and thought I'd give it a shot. It works pretty well in pulling planks together and minimizes the chance of the wood getting dents in it from the clamps. My goal is to get the next 2 narrow planks on each side by next week. I get it way to wet, and it takes to long to dry before I can glue up, so that I can only add a row a day. But I don't think the next several will require that much bending, so they shouldn't need steaming or heating to get into shape. I spend too much time watching TV, it's not as if I don't have the time to do this. And to be honest, part of me is scared about messing it up. Cheers Don
  5. Hello all! This is my first model ship (or model anything really) build. My wife got me this Grand Banks Dory from BlueJacket Ship Crafters along with the book Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (a great book for those looking for a new read) that the model is based on for my birthday. I welcome all constructive criticism on my build as I realize that I am liking doing something that could be done a bit more efficiently. Build started 5/30/21 and I have been working on it while my kids nap. This has definitely sparked a new passion! Kit: Frames cut, glued and clamped: Gunwale notches cut: Bottom planking scribed: Frames being attached to bottom planking: Frames attached: Transom glued & clamped:
  6. In 2018, I bought three Bluejacket Skiff kits. The kids’ art teacher had suggested I might teach a model boat building class for her students. Nothing ever came of that and the kits went into my stash. I was feeling some COVID fatigue a few months ago and, wanting to work on something that wasn’t going to take a great deal of mental energy the skiff came out of the stash and onto the workbench. Here’s the finished model.
  7. Hello Folks, I am excited to begin my second build log and Blue Jacket kit on MSW. My first log was the "Yankee Hero" by Blue Jacket and I had a great time with the kit and posting the build. I enjoyed hearing from all the kind and supporting people in MSW. The Revenue Cutter represents what I believe is a reasonable progression from the Yankee Hero. The challenge I anticipate with this build is that I intend and (attempt) to complete this kit utilizing copper plates versus painting copper below the waterline. I was inspired to try this after I saw the Revenue Cutter build log by sjanicki. Be safe and have great 4th of July holiday weekend, Bill T.
  8. I was really excited to get this and tore right into it. Lumbar yard laid out, and keel glue up under way.
  9. Here we go! Starting on a rainy Vermont spring day. It has been great to read other users posts about starting and points along the way. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the hobby!
  10. I enjoyed reading the Aubrey–Maturin book series by Patrick O’Brian so much so, I got the idea to build a model boat of the H.M.S. Surprise. Luckily for me, I decided to build a simple boat first. I selected the Titanic Lifeboat by Artesanía Latina as my first and easy boat. This was not easy! My eyes were opened to the skills required to build model boats. I enjoyed the building process so much, that I have built 2 additional boats. My skill level is getting better, but I am still no-where ready to build the H.M.S. Surprise, if I ever will be ready. I am getting better at planking, but I need much more experience with rigging and many other technical aspects (painting, rope work, cutting my own wood, etc.). I have sailed on and off for more than 20 years. I enjoy several hobbies such as hiking and photography. So I combined my model boat building with video editing and have hosted 4 model boat building videos on YouTube (https://youtube.com/channel/UCp0E-BCe0yOltd3V0d94eXQ). Thanks to those who commented on my YouTube videos, I found how valuable forums and build logs are. I have recently joined Model Ship World to make my first Build Log with my upcoming 4th boat, the Spray. I had bought the model of the Spray some time ago and decided now is the time to build it. When I searched the build logs, I found there were other's who were building this same boat. Excellent! I reviewed each of their build logs carefully. I then opened my box and read all the instructions multiple times. This time, the instructions seem far more clear, thanks to the help of these existing build logs. Thanks guys. Now I can focus on my craftsmanship, and not spend hours wondering what the cryptic instructions mean. I made a keel clamp based upon examples of others. This special clamp will hold the deck at the correct position relative to the waterline. The keel is higher in the bow than the stern, so to keep the frames perpendicular to the water line, one must assemble the frames with a 5 degree tilt. Next, I dry fit the frames to the keel. Some of the frames have a loose fit when they are placed on the keel and easily fall over. So there are several methods to stabilize this dry fit. I liked the Lego approach. Next, I shaped and smoothed the frames, ensured the stringer fit in the groove, and cut the stringer to length. Once the dry fit looked good, I removed all the parts from the clamp and starting gluing one frame at a time. I added a little extra support where each frame joined the keel. I was concerned that bending the stringer to the curve of the deck would add a strain on the frames. So I soaked the stringer and went to clamp it in place overnight to give it a bend before gluing. The stringer became swollen and would not fit in the slots. So I clamped it above the slots, where indeed it took a slight bend. After drying, the stringer fit. I have not yet added the transom as it is not clear to me how things should fit. I will deal with this when I need to during framing. I took a thin plank from another boat and fit it on the frames. This informed me how to shape the frames. I hand sanded the edges to make a good bond between the frame and the plank. Power tools make work easier, but power tools can easily cause damage to these delicate pieces. And, also, Bass wood is soft. Hand sanding did not take long. My next steps will be to add the planks
  11. I chose this Swampscott Dory kit as my first build for it's relative simplicity, good documentation/popularity, and its employment of real world building techniques. I figure if I get stuck somewhere, there's lot of material out there to help. The kit came in today, I managed to restrain myself and not whip out the titebond right away. I unboxed everything and did take-offs against the plan and parts list. Everything accounted for and in great shape I'll be moving slowly through this build. I just read the instructions cover to cover, and I have some prep work to do before the heavy lifting starts. My To Do list for this week consists of finding a suitable construction base, researching a color/finish scheme, and collecting the rest of the recommended tools.
  12. I am a long time lurker in this forum. I just purchased this kit. Perfect remedy for a long winter during Covid in cold and dark upstate NY. I’ve built a few models over the years: Woodenboat’s Catspaw Dinghy, Yankee Tender, Model Shipways Elsie, Flattie…nothing too difficult. The Friendship Sloop has pretty lines and doesn’t look too difficult. I like low stress builds! So let’s get started. Here’s the box as shipped. Nice plans and quality materials. Laser cut parts – very nice, but you definitely will need to sand and fit these to get the correct fit. No surprise, right? High quality wood strips in this kit and a nice hardware package. Start by gluing forms to the backbone, making sure that they are fully seated and square. Be very careful of the joint aft of the cockpit – easily broken (as it did for me). Once the rear cockpit form is glued in place, it is supported and hopefully won’t be a problem. For the cockpit floor, I glued on some very thin mahogany strips that I had left over from another kit. On the seats, I laid out the plank edges with my Xacto blade and followed the lines with my razor saw. I didn’t cut all the way through – just far enough to simulate planks. Some clear penetrating stain and it’s ready to glue on.
  13. I've started my second BlueJacket Ship Crafters' ship model, the 1889 Quoddy Boat, "Yankee Hero." I hope this blog will keep me engaged and moving forward on the kit. I've started to shape and fair the hull. I've already taken too much off in a few places near the stem. I'll fill those in after I like the rest of the hull.
  14. Received my model from BlueJacket this past weekend. This model comes to me as the newbie builder and an aficionado of Maine and lobsters. I purchased the complete builder kit as I can always use the guidance and new tools. Inventoried the box and I will dry mount my plans on a cardboard piece today and place it in the workspace for daily motivation. I am a detail oriented guy, I look forward to making a display quality boat worthy of this forum and my study.
  15. I got this kit 25 years ago or so and it sat for a long time. I caught some motivation and started working on it around 2005/06 but really wasn't happy with my workmanship and put it back in the box not really sure what to do with it. My level of finesse just wasn't up to what I wanted it to be. Fast forward to today, I dug it out and am a little surprised by the fact that it's not as bad as I thought back then. There are a few rough spots but I may have just rekindled the drive to finish this. There is a lot of stuff in that box and I didn't even include the photoetch frets, fittings or the second full sized plan in this picture. I have the flight deck masked to paint lines to represent the tie downs. I should have probably painted the deck in its base coat first. The elevators outlines are provided in photo etch and not having the confidence in being able to cut the the deck to fit them flush I just glued them on top which causes a slight lip, this was one of the issues, in my skills not the kit, that stalled the project all those years ago. Not sure how to fix this at this stage The catapult track is made from strip styrene, THIS I was able to get to sit flush, since it's just a strait line. Also, you can see the doors I added from Tom's Modelworks if I remember correctly. Unfortunately the set doesn't give you enough of the correct kinds of doors so I had to use different styles to cover all I needed. The Underside of the flightdeck the sits over the fore deck. The bracing is made from strip styrene. The kit also provides photo etching for some of the larger girders that's what the gaps in the bracings are for. The deckhouses and island (not shown here) are made from blocks of wood. I'm not 100% sure I got the shape of the bow right, another thing I struggled with that stalled the progress. This is the area called the galley deck I think, right where the gun tubs sits just below and on the side of the flight deck. It's upside down in this picture. I really want to get this area detailed and give that busy look but I only have a few pictures that show what went there. How do you get information to know what to put there? I'll need to some serious clean up on this area. Well thanks for looking. Not really sure how active this build is going to be but any advice/encouragement/offers to purchase(kidding on that last one...mostly 😄 ) will be more than welcome. John
  16. 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!
  17. First build of a wooden model. Inspired by a visit to the New Bedford Whaling museum and the USS Constitution museum. Started Dec 2020, finished Feb 2021. used a electric plank bender which was extremely helpful and fast (did not soak planks overnight, just wetted) used regular wood filler to fill gaps, worked great came of the formers without too much trouble despite being glued on in some parts. Best to use saw to remove from base if needed and then remove remaining pieces. Used a paper template with the required distances marked, which could then be copied on to the model. The tricky part is having the starboard and port sides align perfectly. It will matter later for the thwarts, which will have cutouts for the frameheads and should be as symmetric as possible. made the oar locks as per the instructions from the supplied brass wire and soldered too smoothen, but probably not necessary as they will be almost flush with the gunwale. Decided on matt black and white for outside of hull and gray inside (simple hobby acrylics) stained thwarts with cutouts to make the centerboard functional was tricky. I ended up sanding the inside of the trunk and the centerboard thin to get enough space for it to move up and down. rudder pintles made from brass wire and the gudgeons from flattened brass wire Wile building this model, lot of surfing on this website and elsewhere to understand the functionality of the various parts of this boat, which is fascinating coming together... oars, rudder, lance, tiller found an old sewing machine to help with this, but this was difficult. Regular white Elmers all-purpose glue for the reefing lines worked well. curling of the ropes again with the help of some regular all purpose white glue. Painting the lines on the oars was tricky. I used good masking tape to try to keep the lines as clean as possible rigging and mast in place all done. This was a lot of fun. thanks for visiting.
  18. This is a thread of my first model ship build. It is the bluejacket shipcrafter’s kit for the 1” scale Friendship Sloop. It is a plank on bulkhead model. I am new at this so bear with me as it will take a while. So far I have completed the first steps on preparing the framing pieces, currently I am working on the keel assembly.
  19. Greetings- New here to the forum, and new to the model ship building world. I have been a sailor for several years and have increasingly grown more fond of anything and everything related to sailing, and life at sea. I lived on my sailboat for a couple years in Seattle, WA and have had the opportunity to sail abroad on some fantastic journeys in the North Sea, Ionian Sea and Dalmatian Coast. Before COVID hit, I was set to do a charter in French Polynesia with some family and good friends. Always looking for more opportunities to get out on the water under sail... Now on to genesis of starting this model: About every year or so for the last decade, I would pick up my copy of Joshua Slocum's "Sailing Alone Around the World," and lose myself in the fantastic story of his solo circumnavigation of the globe. I found myself gravitating towards his story when times were stressful, work was unrelenting, or when my mind just simply needed somewhere else to be. The telling of his journey is so astonishing in some respects that it can almost be from the pages of a Jules Verne story. I wondered about the things he saw at night under the stars, and pondered those long crossings on open water. Since reading "Sailing Alone", I have been fascinated with the Spray, and the almost mythical qualities of it being able to hold a course over many nautical miles. This seemed like a great first build, and I am excited to share the progress. (As an aside, I only later noticed that the kit is labeled "Admiral" level on the build complexity. Not that it would change my approach to the build, but I plan to move slowly and carefully. I am hoping that my architectural model building experience will help...) * Before starting the kit, I read up on other's build logs of the same (and similar) kits. Some of my methodology was borrowed from others, whereas other techniques were adapted from my own experimentation and trial and errors. Here is my documentation of Days 1 and 2 of building the model: Upon receiving and opening the kit, I surveyed the parts list and took out the plans and booklet. I read the instruction book once (and probably a bit more), and perused the 2 plan pages on the kitchen table every evening for a few days. I removed the laser cut keel first, and marked the centerlines of each frame as well as the WL marks. 1. I set out to make a cradle for the Spray which would hold her at correct position relative to the waterline. All of the bulkheads (except for 12) are perpendicular in this position. I wanted to be able to remove the Spray from the cradle and return it to correct alignment , so I built little blocks that elevated the stem and stern accordingly. Using a scrap piece of particle board and two aluminum angle metals, some machine screws and wing nuts, the loose angle is "clamped" into the fixed one. This gives a sturdy base to work from. Testing the angle of the keel, I placed a level about the waterline marks and made sure the bubble was centered. It was. (NOTE: Prior work ensured that my desk was also level and true). 2. Test fitting bulkheads, I made a small T-square that I used to make sure the position was correct relative to the waterline. Most of the bulkheads fit just right, whereas 3 or 4 needed a small paper shim to get snug. 3. After reading some other build logs of the same model, I chose to install the stanchions to bulkeads PRIOR to decking. (The instructions prefer doing this after the sub-decking install because this method better approximates how Slocum raised the gunwales to make the Spray more seaworthy). I measured each stanchion from the plans (giving a little extra height at the top that can be cut off if need be), and glued them to the forward face of each bulkhead. Before gluing in place, I rounded edges to better accept the future planking.. A little bit of guess work on the correct bevel of the edges, but I assume I can finesse this a bit more later. 4. Working forward to aft, each bulkhead was glued and while the glue set, I checked the "true-ness" relative to the waterline as well as to the keel. 5. I cut and dry fit the center stringer, and well as curved a thin batten near the sheer line of the bulkheads to look for any anomalies which would make the planking more difficult. The center stringer is running quite straight, but I did notice a small curve to port at the stern where meeting the transom. I will make a center mark that is adjusted so that when I am fitting the sub-decking I will have a better idea of the true center-line. That's it for now. Next installment... prep for planking, affixing transom panels.
  20. First time model builder here. Technically I've built some gundam models in the past but I don't really count those in the same category as what I'm beginning on here. I'm an avid sailboat racer and for my birthday I was gifted a J/24 made by BlueJacket. I sail on J/22s much more often but think the J/24 is still a fine looking boat and will be excited to have this on my self once it's complete. Opening the box was a little intimidating but after reading through the instructions most of it seems to be shaping the wood which doesn't worry me then rigging it like an actual sailboat which I have a lot of experience with. The one part that I'm a little worried about is the painting but figured I could put that off till the end (turns out I was wrong about this). After getting things organized on my table I started in with getting the included stand set up by sanding off the laser cut burnt edges which was much messier than I thought it would be (probably need to go back and stain this to give it a nice finished look). The next step was working on getting the cockpit area fleshed out, I didn't make it far as the parts need to be primed before assembly since they would be hard to access after the fact. Here was where I had to stop for the day as I don't have any paint brushes and don't fully understand how to use all the paints provided with the kit. Guess I'm going to be researching how to paint and running to the hobby store tomorrow before anything else gets done. Overall an enthusiastic but not super productive start to the model.
  21. This is my first wooden "ship" model. I've been interested in them for some time. This seemed like a good entry point as it has planking and some wooden block shaping for the bow. It doesn't have masts and rigging. Blue Jacket rates thus as an intermediate model. The box contains laser cut parts, blocks for the bow, pewter fittings, flexible window/windshield material, some line and round brass stock. The small box is the optional paint kit.
  22. Just started the “Seguin” Bluejacket kit today, have done smaller models but liked the looks of this ship so I thought I would give it a try. I have followed the Instruction manual for assembling the five frames by gluing and pining the parts to the drawings that is secured to a 5/8” plywood base. The first mistake I made was not to pre drill a hole for the push pin, so I split one part, predrilled a small hole, glued and pined it to the board without any more brakeage. On the Drawing there is a statement, “FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY”, “Images may not be actual size of the lasered pieces”. This is a true statement but what is right the drawing or the lasered pieces? I have taken a guess at this and filed, sanded and got as close as possible to the outside contour on the drawing, it’s not perfect so I see future shimming. Time spent today is 4 hours.
  23. This is my first build! I've always been enamored with fishing boats, tugboats and merchant ships. I chose this particular kit, as it comes complete with all the materials required to complete the model, including tools and paint. It is also designated as an entry-level model. There is a completed build log of this kit by schooner. As He covered the contents of the kit thoroughly (complete with photos), I will abstain from repeating that here. (I hope that is within the rules, if not, let me know and I will edit this post). I've been looking over the plans, reading the instruction manual and reading schooner's build log. Although a bit nervous, I believe I am ready to begin. All comments and suggestions are most welcome. Paul
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