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  1. 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,,
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. Hi everyone, here is a re-post of some of my progress pics. For those who didn't follow my log on the old website, this Eaglemoss partwork is a pretty substandard kit in many ways, it has some nice fittings, such as the stern decorations but most of the parts and materials supplied are rubbish 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 AL Endeavour a long time ago, and I wanted to build a 1:48 one. This kit is advertised as 1:48 but when you measure it up it is actually 1:51. I think this kit has used the AOTS 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 such as the 1768 draughts. That said, there are two 1768 draughts, one dated April 1768 and one dated July 1768 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. Anyway here are some of the more recent pics plus some old ones
  8. 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.
  9. I'm ready to get started on my first ship model. Gathered the right tools to get going. The kit was lacking quite a few essential tools and I'm sure I'll add as I go. I have english translated instructions from Italian that are pretty good, but the figures pages are all Italian. Took a couple pics of my workspace.
  10. Hello from New Zealand - my first post although I've been a casual browser for many years! I recently decide in my older (wiser?) years to build a tall ship and as the Endeavour is a well known vessel in NZ and Australian history, decided this was it. The A.L. kit was available locally (NZ) and here I am. I'm a reasonably experienced modeller (scratch built rc scale aircraft - mostly WW1) and have a fairly well equipped, but untidy, workshop. My hope is that I can ask questions of the vastly more experienced crowd here on MSW. My hope is that this model can be completed, unlike my previous attempt (another story). So, enough waffle - I scanned the kit's contents, found the expected generally OK quality, have read a few builds on other forums and decided to perch here and share my stumbling beginnings. First, a base was built to secure the 6mm ply keel to while the 6mm frames were all fitted squarely, and the decking pondered. I also marked out and pre-drilled the mast holes using card angle guides and my small drill-press to ensure the lower mast sections were all lined up! I'm looking forward to some relaxing fun! Pat
  11. After completing (except getting it in the case) the US Brig Niagara I decided I was "done" with square riggers (and square rigging) for awhile. I had intended to build this one to go over the fireplace in my house in Virginia (it would have replaced a "cheap" model of the 1934 Endeavour that was purchased from a model home) that is about the same size. But that house is gone and finding a home for this one will be a challenge but I will press on anyway. So here is the box on the relocated (from Niagara days) workbench
  12. 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...
  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.

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