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  1. Hi All, I am posting some photos that I have already posted in the Korea Model Sailboat Club since January this year (actual building started in November 2020). this is my second HMS Endeavor and earmarked for a present to my younger sister. I got a lot of help from MSW from various members' build logs, especially Dave Row and Shipaholic (Steve). Of course my build is nowhere near the level of many of the members in MSW. Anyway, I plan to upload my building logs in tandem with my current log in the Korea Model Sailboat Club. I welcome all advise and comments. I may post a lot of queries in this log as well. Rock
  2. After much thought I eventually decided to go for this ship. Mainly due to local interest . I was not planning on starting building until october when the nights start drawing in but could not resist the temptation on getting my hands on the kit and seeing what she would be like. I was quite surprised to see for such a hefty price compared to my first period build the Bounty by Amati there were no sails or flags within the kit. Fortunately I am not planning fitting the sails anyway but might of changed my mind later on. Upon opening the box and checking the contents I was a bit disappointed to find that all of the 5mm plywood boards are bent/warped to varying degrees. The main piece being the false keel the others which housed the bulkheads. I decided to remove these pieces from their boards so to determine the extent of the warping. I am happy to say when laying the bulkheads on a flat surface they seem to be ok . Unfortunately no so with the false keel. Here is a couple of photos with the extent of the warping, so let me know what you guys think. I have read a few different threads regarding how to put this right but first I thought I would contact Caldercraft and see if I can get the false keel replaced together with a couple of parts which are missing. Strange as it may seem this parts belong to a walnut board and a brass sheet which have other pieces as well. When I mean missing leaving holes, I mean I can,t find them but have numbered all the parts as per the drawing. I am now awaiting the reply from Caldercraft and hopefully they live up to their reputation and its not too long until I hear from them. Although I wasn,t thinking of starting the model until october perhaps I would be better of assembly the hull to the point of fitting the wales to ensure that the replacement keel doesn't warp before October. I also have lots of questions before I start in earnest. Best regards Dave
  3. I never worked on this small scale before, looks like fun. This how it should look when finished.
  4. Hi there, This is my build log for the mighty ship Endeavour. I've lurked a bit in the background (after I bought the kit) and have taken note of some great advice. Holy Moly, you guys are good. The first advice I noticed was the need for at straight keel to make sure that the ship is straight. Sound like a good idea and since I own a couple of 3D printers, I decided to design a straight stand. The printer is still working on it. And as I could not wait to start, I took out some parts from the box and assempled the spine straight away. Putting the frames on loosely, only served the purpose of showing my wife how great the ship would look when finished. After standing for two days like that I, met my first problem of many. One of the frames developed a distinct curvature. My guess is that it would be difficult to lay the decks and maintain a perfectly curved hull (I am still dreading the forming of the bow). At the moment the frame is in press between two shelves from the cupboard after spending some time in the oven at 50 degrees celcius. EDIT: no good. And 100 degrees didn't help either. Guess I'll have to print some braces. While I'm waiting I am designing some helpful tools for 3D printing. A couple of "cross-blocks" to help with keeping the frames at right angles when I eventually decide to glue them in place. A couple of right angle bits to help later on. If anyone think they can use them, I'll be happy to share. I wasn't even supposed to build a ship. I was actually searching for a 3D model of a small boat that I could print as a gift wrapper for a present for my grandson - and no - Benchy was not going to cut it (3D printer insider joke). I just happened to spot the OCCRE kit and clicked on the link. As I was drooling and thinking back to my dad's attempt at the Wasa back when I was 7 years old, my wife happened to glance at the screen. She was impressed and within minutes she urged me to buy it. We usually contemplate for weeks before we buy anything, so I am convinced that she also liked the model. So I clicked on pay, and here I am. No experience in building a model ship. Whatsoever. No toolshed with loads of specialized tools. Just a desire that I have had for more than 50 years. Now is the time. Wonder how many years this will take me.... p.s. My dad got the hull finished and sanded. That was it. He gave up.
  5. Hi, I'm beginning to build the HMS Endeavour from OcCre. After preparing the bulkheads, the decks were planked. I tried the toothpick method for the trenails. Here ist my Progress so far: Fitting the decks to the framework: Meanwhile preparing the Lifeboat, which was actually quite challenging for me because I was trying to let all the planks run from stern to bow. Didn't work out perfect, but the finished thing still looks ok... Beginning of the first planking using paper strips for each bulkhead and planking fans to try and plan the tapering. Also using Chucks planking method. After a little learning curve, it worked quite well for me.
  6. I have been building this since the start of 2011, here is a re-post of some of my progress pics. For those who didn't follow my log on the old website, this build is using wood from Eaglemoss partwork (same as the Occre kit), it has some nice fittings, such as the stern decorations but most of the parts and materials supplied are not accurate so a lot of this ship is being scratch built and I am using a lot of parts and materials bought separately. I have already built the Artesania Latina Endeavour a long time ago, and I wanted to build a 1:48 one. This kit was advertised as 1:48 but when you measure it up it is actually 1:51. I think this kit has used K.H Marquardt's Anatomy Of The Ship - Endeavour as a reference in its design. I am using the original 1768 draughts and quite a few other references instead of relying on just the AOTS as being "gospel" because I believe the AOTS is just one person's expert opinion on what the Endeavour could have looked like and it disagrees in some aspects with many of the other reference sources. There are two 1768 draughts, one dated April 1768 (3814) and one dated July 1768 (3814c) and they are different. The July one (which is the one most often referred to) looks like the date was added later, and could be a draught drawn when she was refitted AFTER Cook's voyage. If someone can clarify this point please do. The reason I am using the below draught (3814) is that the position and number of quarter deck rail stanchions match up with Sydney Parkinson's sketch showing the stern of Endeavour, whereas the other draught (3814c) does not. Anyway here are some of the more recent pics plus some old ones
  7. Please consider this to be my application to join the Endeavour Builders' Club, although I'm not sure that I'd want to be a member of a club that would have me as a member. (Groucho Marx) I realize now that there are many members of this club with works in progress or completed, so I will start by linking to so of their beautiful work, mainly so I can find it easily when I update my own build log. HM Bark Endeavour by Dashi - Caldercraft - scale 1:64 - 1768-71 - bashed kit HMB Endeavour by Captain Slog - Caldercraft - 1:64 H M Bark Endeavour by Mindi - stopped build resumed (Caldercraft / Jotika) HMB Endeavour by shipaholic - Eaglemoss - 1/51 - Bashed partwork HMB Endeavour by DaveRow - Corel Amati - Scale 1:60 - First Build Kit HMB Endeavour 1768 by Cabbie - Artesania Latina - 1:60 - Kit Fiddle HMB Endeavour by BANYAN - Artesania Latina - 1:60 - circa 1768 - FINISHED Please let me know who I've missed so I can steal borrow ideas from those builders as well.
  8. This is only my 5th build, first bluff hull. I was hoping to not create a build log but have run into some minor problems with the kit. I intend to keep this brief with mainly photo updates and limit comments if any. First problem with the kit are the six 4lb deck cannons. I think they should be 26 mm instead of the 45 mm supplied in the kit. I've contacted JoTika Ltd who posted the replacement cannons out 5 weeks ago, which have not yet arrived. So I'm following up with them regarding this. Also I ordered the Brown Admiralty paint set and the White set came instead, which I've decided to go with and use the replica paint scheme, even though Cornwall Model Boats kindly offered to re-send me the correct paint set. The next problem I had was with the bulkheads meeting flush with the ply at the keel. The keel is not deep enough for the rabbet (there is a conflict on the drawings as they seem to have forgotten to allow for the thickness of both layers of hull planks) so I had to cut the rabbet out of the false ply keel. Do do this I first had to trim around 2.5 mm from the underside of each bulkhead while maintaining the curve because the first planking is 1.5 mm plus the second planking is 1 mm. Then I marked and cut the bearding before glueing the stem, stern and keel on. Then I carefully dremeled a rabbet. Photos coming...
  9. Starting this thread makes me feel like a teenager writing a book called, "How To Live Your LIfe." The kit finally arrived late today. It's late and I didn't want to open everything up so I just set up a quick photo shoot of the contents So far, the only problem I have is with the instructions. You are probably asking yourself, "Because they are in Italian?" No, because the print is so small! The last time I built a model ship was in 1965 and it was plastic. This kit is made like an Oyster compared to that. Since I can't afford an Oyster, this will do. And I'm gonna to need a bigger work table.
  10. March 21/21. Here is the build so far. I built the anchors and the anchor supports and completed the ropes and pulleys. I completed the anchor winch. On the lifeboat deck I completed and installed the lifeboat supports and the grating underneath. I built two topside cannons and rigged them to the side of the ship. This is my build so far. B. Edward
  11. I have wanted to do this model since seeing the Endeavour models in Gisborne when i was a boy for Cook's 200th anniversary in 1969.They are over a metre long very impressive up on poles.This model will be 815mm long by 300mm wide,should be enjoyable.
  12. We're in the midst of an epidemic and my wife asked me what I would like for Christmas. I replied that is was sick of watching the ubiquitous boxed-sets on the telly and I always used to like building model kits. We both like sailing and we do have a 'nautical themed' lounge and conservatory with various ornaments and pictures depicting nautical themes. With an impending 3rd lockdown in the UK commencing in January it seemed like an excellent idea to get my teeth into and maybe re-kindle skills learnt from my woodwork 'O-Level'? Christmas day arrived and I was presented with a massive box, which I unwrapped and was presented with the Amati kit. Inspecting it revealed the huge, full-size plans plus the laser cut ply pieces. Reading theinstructions quickly revealed that they were aimed at a seasoned model boat builder with terms, processes and procedures that are alien to me! The internet and Google beckoned and so I started on my journey of building this monster! Here are some pics of the box, plans and contents:
  13. Having spent a number of years scratch building HMS Cornwall (Type 22 Frigate) at 1:96 scale I felt I wanted to tackle something a bit quicker and easier. I also wanted a model that provided the opportunity for enhancing the kit to create something a bit different from the norm. After a week or two trawling through the range of kits on offer I decided to build Amati's Endeavour at 1.35 scale. Although the kit features Endeavour in her 1934 guise I decided to model her as restored in 1989. To do this I have relied heavily on the web based photographic resources. The kit was a Christmas present from my kids and when finished my Daughter has claimed the model for her bay window. The building of Endeavour has been covered in detail in a number of build logs and I don't intend going over the ground they have covered so well. What I intend doing is covering some of the things I have done differently and what I learned in the process. I will start where I am now - in the middle of the build and then go back to the start, working through a series of updates over the next couple of months. Hopefully with summer out of the way I will get back to building in September and complete in time to add another kit to my wish list for next Christmas. Here are a few photographs to start the process.
  14. My most recently completed model, HM Bark Endeavour, as she appeared in Tahiti, 1769, to observe the Transit of Venus. Total build time was just under a month. The ship is built to the scale of 75’ to 1” or 1/900. The hull was made from boxwood and planked with Nootka Cyprus. The balance of the detail is Nootka and boxwood. The masts are brass, and the rigging is a mix of nitinol and copper wire. The sea base is carved Nootka Cyprus. If you’d like to see more of my ships, they’re all at www.josephlavender.com
  15. A new beginning to an old project. I acquired the Amati Endeavour around 2005, let it sit for awhile and then started it, only to drop it again after minimal progress. Here is the kit box. Got the bulkheads installed, deck base added, and started mast tapering (seen on the grooved board I used to keep it straight over the years). Sorry for the messy area, but the desk will need to be cleaned of model railroading stuff before I restart this project! lol btw - The tools alone were "almost" worth the cost of the kit. Used several of them over the years for other modeling tasks!
  16. Just starting up the build of the J Class Endeavour Yacht. If some of you have seen my other logs, you know I am a beginner builder at best. Main thing is that I really enjoy the builds. In my past (earlier) life I raced 36' sloops (22 sq meter class) so the J Class yacht always caught my attention. So when looking for a model to build, the Endeavour caught my eye... As others have done, the instructions call to first build the mast and boom, but I was too excited to start the hull, so my mast and boom will come later too. Instructions call to fist connect the two keel sections with two rectangular support pieces - One on both sides of the keel. Does not specify an exact location. However you really need to insure the support pieces will not interfere with the section of the hull that is double reinforced as those double frame pieces are really close to these support pieces. In my case I dry fit the two double reinforced pieces and drew a line at the edge of the 2nd support piece. That way you will know where to locate the two rectangular support pieces. 2nd piece removed and line drawn. You need to verify when you add the two rectangular support pieces they do not cross this line... or you will have some "adjustments" in your future. With the double double reinforced frame pieces removed you can not glue the two halves or the keel. First side is easy just lay the tow keep halves together and glue on the support piece Support piece on the other side is more of a challenge, as you have to add a pieces of scrape wood under the bow and stern sections to keep the keep straight. In addition to scrape wood under the bow and stern sections I added a level (for weight) on top in an attempt to keep the keel straight as the glue dried. Not sure if that was a good idea or not, as then the glue dried and I looked town the keel, it still had a small bend to it. Maybe I should have used a vice to hold the pieces together. In any event, the bend was not severe, and I think when the deck is added, it will straighten out... Lets hope,,, Kind of hard to notice in the picture but there is a slight bend in the keel as it goes aft. Before I begin the frame sections, I decided to build some planking clamps out of paper binder clips. These are the same other modelers have made and really make the planking much easier. In my case I bought the smallest binder clips I could find. Before adding the frames, they were numbered just to keep them straight. Not so much with this model, but with another model I worked on, I did not number them and they were very similar is shape. And after getting them all cut out and put in a pile, it was a challenge to keep them straight. In any event, a good idea to number them. Below shows the first two frame sections added. Note in the first picture the double frame section is right up against the line I drew earlier. While the line helped me with fore and aft positioning of the keel support pieces I did not think of up and down positioning. Note in the picture above and below, the shaded wood. This is wood that sticks up above the frame section and needs to be shaved down. In reality the two keel support pieces need to be higher more toward the top of the keel, or as in my case, you will need to do some "adjustments"..... The instructions seem to imply the keel support pieces can more or less be positioned anywhere between the two frames.... So,,, do as I say, not as I do... Side view showing the keel support pieces sticking up above the frame pieces Adding the support frames is more or less straight forward... Be sure to verify each support piece is perpendicular to the keel. I would suggest some sort of right angle like a corner brace to hold each frame as the glue dries. In my case I attempted to keep the frames straight, but I have to admit there are a few close but not exactly perpendicular to the keel. I have a feeling I will pay for this with the later planking,,, At this point I was curios as to what the rudder would look like so I dry fitted it to the keel. Unless I am mistaken, the rudder is too large for the keel. Assuming this was a mistake with the kit i trimmed down the rudder to match the keel. After I did that, initially I was feeling pretty good as it turned out OK. But afterwards I got a little anxious wondering if the kit was correct and the mistake was me trimming it down. We will see later on... Below is the trimmed keel. Next the fore and aft sections of the deck were added to the frame. As I was hoping earlier, with rubber bands, clamps, and a little muscle, the bent frame straightened out when the deck sections were added. Let the planking begin,,,,, Below are a few pictures of the planking. Not much to say here as planking is pretty straight forward. I started at the top and worked my way down each side alternating each plank to avoid warping the hull, Every once in awhile I had to add a filler strip to keep thing straight, but no real issues with the first planking Closing in on the end,,,,, Complete with first planking,,,, Just need some sanding and wood filler to smooth things out. At this point the debate is still on as to whether to make the hull blue (like the real Endeavour) or have it natural with the walnut finish. Will make that decision after the 2nd planking,,,, How that turns out will probably determine which way I go,,
  17. This is my second proper model kit build (first i never took photos of ) and as the Endeavour was the ship that is credited with discovering my country i felt it was such a fitting build. My first impressions of the kit is that wood is good quality, minimal if any bow to the plywood all nicely packaged in plastic wrap. The metal castings and various other parts are nice. Now lets get onto the fun part and build it. False keel trimmed out standing on my board. All frames positions marked on the False keel. All frames trimmed out and laid out next to the false keel. About half the frames fit over the false keel and into place nicely but the other half of the frames will need to be filed to fit over the false keel.
  18. Greetings all. Yet another HM Bark Endeavour build - there are quite a few of them in this community which I have enjoyed perusing - hopefully I can produce something that is worth your time 🙂 This is my third build and I gravitated towards it as it's a very recognizable ship, has a painted hull which is a first for me and there is a huge wealth of information available to help me with any doubts I have.
  19. Hi Shipmates, While I wait for more parts for the SOS I have begun the Endeavor. I find this kit by Artesania Latina not as good a quality as the De Agostini kit I am also working with. There is much more detailed explanation and coding in De Agostini's kit. This one will be my second attempt at a larger boat. I will post progress as things happen for comments and hints if I am going wrong. Thanks Snoepert
  20. OK. so against my better judgement and all sensible advice, given that I have never been into modelling previously (outside of a couple of basic plastic aircraft models for a Grandson) and have no knowledge of the nautical world and it's terminology, I am proceeding to build this kit. Most of my 'modelling time' over the last few weeks has actually been spent dipping into the many great forums on this site. My build is going to be super-slow as I read up on as much detail as I can find in relation to each tremulous step. First question. The bow filler piece that came with the kit (made of 'art wood') was markedly convex on both sides. I have sanded this back significantly so that there is now enough purchase afrea for glueing. As can be seen from the photo the bottom of this piece is never going to fit flush without a lot more sanding and I think if I do this the overall integrity of the shape will be lost. Is an option just to fill the underside gap and if so, how? Or do I just keep sanding? Cheers, Ji
  21. I'm starting my second wooden build. I've have been eying this build for a while, but always looked at the 1:35 kit. After seeing how big the 1:35 is (4 ft long 5 ft high), I saw Amati offered a 1:80 that was plank on frame also. So, that is the route I went. I see there is another build of this scale active (Henry James) which hopefully we can help each other. The drawings and instructions are not near as detail as the MS Bluenose, and are not in English, but hopefully I can follow along well with the experience I had from my first build. I'm looking forward to the painting of the hull. The combination of natural wood, white water line and blue should look fantastic if done right. I all boils down to the second layer of planking at the bottom since that will be seen. For some reason they show the first step of assembling the main mast. I'm skipping that and going straight to the keel assembly. Anyway, here are some kit pictures.
  22. This is my first build of a model wooden ship. I chose the Endeavour as it is part of our nations discovery, and plenty of others being built to see gather tips and trips for the build. I am using 2 pack epoxy glue(no nails) for all the timber to timber joining. From what I have seen, the build may take years, and just as well I have started now, plenty of time to finish in retirement - when it comes. Enough waffle, some pictures and see where this goes.
  23. Hello all - just joined, after scouring the interwebs for various sources of information to help me complete my build of the Endeavour (AL kit). It's been 25+ year 'off and on' build, (obviously more off than on), but with the COVID19 lockdown here in Australia I've now got some spare to hopefully complete the build - in the 250th anniversay year of Cook's landing in Australia. I'm now at the stage of rigging, and I'm hoping to find some handy tips, as well as some of the information missing from the AL kit rigging instructions. Cheers!
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