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  1. This is my first semi-scratch build and it is more like an experiment, which may possibly end in an epic fail. I bought a Caldercraft Badger and Granado kit from eBay (from a guy who probably gave up this hobby) some years ago for a reasonable price and the Badger had been already started but with some mistakes. I kept both kits in storage and did some easier builds instead. A friend of me had recently bought a simple CNC laser engraving machine (to cut ribs for RC-Planes) and I had the idea to build a bigger version of the Badger instead of fixing the already started kit. I also would like to add some extra details and make some changes to the hull and structure according to the NMM plans. There has been a discussion about this before to prepare that build. I decided to enlarge the plans to 1/48 scale, redraw the bulkheads with Corel Draw to add a rabbit, redesigned the false keel as two parts instead of one (because the machine’s working area is restricted to 30cm x 40cm) and create dxf-files to let him cut the parts. After some trial parts he was able to cut all the bulkheads, the false keel, plywood deck and gun pattern for me. Although the engraving machine was not designed to cut 5mm plywood, the parts are usable. So I started to build a 1:48 version of the Badger, which will be approximately 80 cm long and 70 cm high. I will mainly use the supplied Caldercraft plans but enhance the build with the NMM plans that I will also use for reference. The Badger is a small brig (former US merchant vessel Defence) that allows me to do some custom work and will be a nice addition to the AVS as both ships have a lot of similarities and are build in same scale. Also it allows me to stay with 1/48 scale some more time. I made a start already, building a rack to put the model on during construction, gluing all bulkheads together and adding some balsa fillers to give the first planking more gluing surface. Bevelled all bulkheads, sanded the filler blocks to shape and already prepared the 1,5mm x 5mm basswood strips for the first planking.
  2. So, thanks to my very welcome but very time and energy consuming 3 month old son I really don’t have the time or energy for modelling. So instead I’ve decided to live vicariously through myself and do a build log on a model I finished a couple of years ago. The Caldercraft HMS Badger. The Badger was my second wooden ship model, the first being a build of the MS Willie Bennet. Before that I’d been building plastic model since the age of four. Mostly tanks or aircraft. I chose the Badger since it seemed like it had a lot of bang for the buck without being too ambitious. Two masts, cannons, complex but not ludicrous rigging a double planked hull. I figured it would be a kit I could build and decide if square rigged modelling was for me or another passing fancy. Note: Not built when I was four years old. The MS Willie Bennet built as a fictional Skipjack. I built it for my sister who lives on the Chesapeake Bay and loves sailboats. Charlie Ann was a beloved family pet and number 16 was my sister's soccer number. Spelling it "Charley Anne" made it look to me a little bit more archaic. I always like to take a picture of the modelling area cleaned and prepped. This picture marked the beginning of the build and was taken July 31st 2010. Jumping right in I've already sanded down the bearding line and attached the two piece keel. I'm not sure if I made a mistake or misunderstood the relationship between the two pieces but there was a significant step between at the join. I added a strip of walnut to make up the difference. One thing I learned on the previous build was that I wanted to firgure out the mounting as early as possible. You can see that I've marked the waterline on the frame and marked two perpendicular lines where the mounts will go. Just a quick check to make sure they are sitting the way I wanted. August 3, 2010Test fitting the frames. All of the pieces fit well on mine. None were loose and only a few need minor sanding to slide into place. I used Legos, squares, and several other things to make sure everything was clamped perfectly square when I glued them up. I double checked and triple checked before ever glue touched wood. Aaaannnddd of course I still screwed one up. I think it was frame number eight, the next to last one, was slightly out of square. Of course I didn't notice it until WAY, WAY later. After soaking, clamping the ply cannon port former into place. Just slightly apparent in this picture is my second mistake. I was too timid in fairing the frames and I've made the Badger a rather more Bluff bow boat than she should be. You can just see near the bow where the ply isn't quite conforming to the form. i thought at the time that it was just the ply not bending enough. Nope. Bad fairing. This one would also come back to bite me later. The planking begins. So far so good for my first ever planking. Here it begins to get a touch dodgy. I was thining the planks to sliver. In hindsight this would have been a great time to practice some spiling before I got to the top coat as it were. August 18 2010. Planking the stern. You can see more evidence of insufficient fairing. Instead of a nice sweep my planks actually angle upward sharply. November 11, 2011 BIG time jump here. The model sat idle for more than a year. I was able to correct the sharp angle by heavily sanding the area afterwards. if you look you can see spots where I literally sanded completely through the planks. To re-enforce these areas I filled the corresponding interior areas with a small (ish) amount of body filler. not the cleanest first planking ever but I don't think it was the worst ever.
  3. A big shame about losing all the build logs. Can't do much but start a new log and help rebuild the community This new website seems to have lots of cool features though. I have been working on my Badger, my first wooden ship model, since November 2008. It's been a lot of off and on time, with the birth of my daughter, various honey-dos from the Admiral and other hobbies. I'm on the home stretch, with the standing rigging almost completed. Next up will be adding furled sails to the yards, and finish up with the running rigging. Thanks for reading!
  4. Hi hope I am doing this correctly I have built several models but this is my first attempt at a build log ] I hope you like my work any criticism will be welcome Andy
  5. This is my second build. I chose the Badger with the help of my friend Clare Hess and I'm glad I did. I've read all I could find about this ship and ones that are similar. I'm looking forward to the work ahead. I had fun laying the keel and associated bulkheads. I added some mast supports to the side of the keel and the mast slots. That idea came from Ben Lankford's book. The plans called for planking the false deck later, but I thought I could do a better job of it now.
  6. UNBOXING THE BEAST (1)... Although my workspace is not ready yet, i moved to a new home shortly, i will start my build log already today. Today getting my hands on my new kit, i could not resist opening it. So i decided to take the first pictures of unboxing the beast... I did a lot of reading and researching on the internet and some books, which model should be the first for me. A bloody beginner in model ship building. After all that reading i took as my only technical rule of thumb - beginners should start with a model in scale 1:50. During this studys i stumbled over different descriptions about the quality the different kit manufacturers deliver. After all the different opinions and experiences (until now not my personal opinion or experience), CalderCraft seems to be some of the better quality makers. So, today i walked into my local model building store. I think we have quite a excellent one. The store serves all types of model building, not only ships. Astonishingly i found a far better range of wooden static ships, as i expected. Softening my only rule of thumb, 2 models were identified as the right canditates. First the HMS Bounty from Constructo, Italy, scale 1:50 and second the HM Brig Badger from CalderCraft, scale 1:64. 2 Reasons took me now to my decision, why i have chosen the HM Brig Badger kit. 1. the manufacturer and 2. the HMS Bounty has no cannons... ;-) Ok, back to the kit... As i mentioned, today i bought my kit from the HM Brig Badger. More info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Badger and here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Badger_(1777 Contents of the kit are: 2 Building Manuals english 2 Building Manuals translated in german (nice work at krick, the distributor of CalderCraft kits in Germany) 10 scale plans of the model: 1 of 10: Hull Assembly 2 of 10: Deck & Bulwark Fittings 3 of 10: Hull Fittings 4 of 10: Mast Assembly 5 of 10: Bowsprit & Yard Assembly 6 of 10: Blocks & Horses 7 of 10: Rigging Stages 1 & 2 8 of 10: Rigging Stages 3 & 4 9 of 10: Rigging Stages 5 & 6 10 of 10: Rigging Stages 7 & Belaying Plan plywood first & second planking mast parts brass etchings copper cannons and rope The contents were complete and no part is missing as far i could check it now, without tearing every plastic bag open. So for now i let the pictures speak...

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