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  1. The Christmas tree boat is now a reality. I've been trying to break away to do other things, but it just wouldn't let me go! it wasn't due to the ideas that were running through my mind at the time.....it was just everything around me. from working on cars, and work in general.....to events around the home....it just felt like a weight was sitting on my head, weighing me down. one week........to two weeks..........I could only endure short stints at the table. I wasn't there.......and there seemed little use to push.........this couch potato crap had GOT to go! I've had this kit for about a year now.........the admiral saw it and thought it looked cute. I'd pull it out every once in a while and tinker with it......without the application of glue, when I'd sit at my computer hatching idea for the other builds. I had a few for this kit too......the reason for all the dry fitting. I was planning a multi-boat build with this kit, but I have since given up the project. there are much bigger fish to fry, rather than spend my time bashing the crap out of a level 1 kit. I should have done what I was going to do earlier........start the mast work on the trawler Syborn, but I was still suffering from the mental block........so I brought this kit out to tinker with. once the glue touched the wood.......there was no turning back. I didn't have to remove the hull parts from the panels......that was already done. small ans short pieces of 3/32 square stock need to be cemented onto the bulkheads, in specific places to act as assembly tabs. some trimming was needed to clear the assembly slots.........and of course, figuring out the lingo of sliding thing over and onto. but the assembly of the frame was under way........no real rocket science to make them straight. the deck platform and the mast collars were added to the frame at this time. the deck was cemented on next. I had begun to think that there was a problem......it had a overhang at the transom of roughly 1/4 of an inch. I later came to the conclusion that these parts are merely over sized, to allow for fitting and sanding. the cut of the keel part is pretty rough.........I did a little sanding which was a bad move {you'll see later}. adjustments were made and allowed to dry.........the two pieces of the cabin needed to be bent, in the meantime. I normally do this simply by getting the parts wet {water}, and bending them by hand. in the instructions, they say to use alcohol.......so that's what I did. it worked, but I still like my way better. I did get to do something to the Syborn's mast....I posted it already. through the sessions with this model, I've done a little more here and there....and the muddled mind syndrome is beginning to clear. glad to see that there is hope, and that pulling this kit out wasn't a complete waste of time.
  2. After a year away from my hobbies, I needed a simple kit to get my brain working again. I pulled this off the shelf and dusted it off with excitement, I hope this goes well!!
  3. I am a complete newbie to model ship building. I've built some plastic models long ago, have painted gaming miniatures and terrain to a good standard, and have some basic carpentry and woodworking skills and tools, so blending all that together into model ship building seems approachable. For my first build, I wanted something small and simple - small so that I could be absolutely certain I'd complete it in a reasonable time, and simple so that I could concentrate on learning the basic skills well. Some web searching brought me here and also turned up a detailed tutorial on building Midwest's Flattie at themodelshipwright.com. Even though that tutorial is basically just an illustration of following the directions, it's nice to have a few extra pictures and tips. I also attended college in Annapolis (St. John's) and have spent some time on the waterways of the area, so the little Flattie speaks to me a bit. So, the Chesapeake Flattie it is! Again, a big reason for going with a small model is to focus on a doing an excellent job of the basics. So I'm especially appreciative of suggestions for improving my technique for the future. Let's get to it... here she is, fresh from Amazon: I lay the parts out for an inventory. Everything is here, and there are no obvious miscuts or damage. I read through the first few pages of instructions thoroughly at this point, and skim the rest. Nothing too surprising or intimidating here, and I'm comfortable with the flow of the build and how the various parts should fit together. Very newbie-friendly. I cut out the frames carefully, sand the edges lightly, and do a quick dry fit and inspection: Some problems show up right away. Frame F4's slot is too narrow to slide on. Frame F3's slot is too wide and allows the frame to wobble. Frame F1 rides a bit too high above the top of the keel... The quality of the die-cuts varies. Some frames are fine, but some are clearly asymmetric. F4 is the worst of the bunch - though the pic is crooked too, you can see the cuts at the bottom clearly don't match. All of these issues are resolved easily enough with a little time, either taking off extra wood with a needle file or adding a tiny shim with CA glue and filing that down. After those adjustments, the frames match the plans well and don't show any obvious asymmetries when examined against the grid on my cutting mat. (Link to a future post about Mastini's method.) I cut the square stripwood according to the plans, trace the extended lines from the plans onto the frames, glue them in place with wood glue (applied with a paintbrush), and clamp with a micro-clamp to dry: The frames prepped to go: They look pretty good. You can see a jaggie at the bottom of F4 - I didn't cut the shim to the full length of the edge because it was only the outside corner that was short. I should have just done the whole length, but I think this will be fine. F1 fits the keel correctly now: The braces on F3 and F4 are close, but not quite flush with the keel where the cabin floor will sit: The brace for F4 just needed to be glued a tiny bit higher, but I wasn't seeing clearly at the time how the brace was going to fit with the keel. The F3 brace, on the other hand, is dead flush with the side slots, but the die cuts for those slots don't quite match up with the center one. I could try to clean this up by sanding down the keel line between those frames, or by using a shim to shorten the center frame slots. Bbut I'm not sure if it's going to matter or if that could throw off the fit of any other pieces. Suggestions welcome. That's all for now. I probably won't be able to get back to building until next weekend.
  4. I started this build log a little more than a year ago; unfortunately it was lost in the great crash. I wasn’t too far along when life intervened to take up my time on this little boat. I’ll post the older photos and then move along from there. More photos in the next couple of days. Thanks for looking!
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