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  1. Hello every one, for my first build log I will be doing a Dory from BlueJacket Shipcrafters. I plan on making a diorama with the boat pulled up on the beach with some lobster-pots. Reviewing some of the Dory builds on the site, I really enjoyed reading ThirdCoast's build and his lobster pots.That inspired me to see if I can do something similar. Thats my plan anyway will see how it all turns out. Onto some building. I glued up the frames over the plan, was very easy to do as the plans are very clear and provide lines for the angles that need to be cut. Next came the notch for the gunwales.....Which made me a bit nervous...I had visions of cutting through the frames. Ultimately had no issue. I transferred the location from the plans to the frames then cut them out with a x acto knife while the frame was on the plan to get the depth right. Everything seems to be off to a good start. Appreciate any comments or advice. All the best Chris
  2. Well this is my first ever attempt at building a wooden model of any kind. I was not planning on posting my first trial ship, but did not see this particular ship listed and thought this may be a good ship/boat for beginners like me. Any advice, questions, or comments are appreciated. Thanks. A few pieces have already been removed due to starting before this post. They include the three bottom planks, but also an all-in-one bottom as a backup. Which I thought was helpful for a beginner.
  3. 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:
  4. This is my first build so I'm not sure how it will turn out but I'm excited to give it a go. I've gone with the Grand Banks Dory by BlueJacket which I've read here is a good introductory kit. I also really enjoy Windlow Homer's work so it just seemed like a great introduction. I had a little bit of confusion about what was supposed to be included in the kit because the listing suggested that there's a paint kit. I reached out to the BlueJacket team and they responded right away which was really nice. In the end I had to put in an order for the paint because it's not included. Not a big deal though. I wouldn't need the paint right away anyway and I was thinking to do something a little different with parts of the boat anyway. A few things I'd like to do differently with my model: Instead of painting the hull in Middlestone like their display (which is maybe like a tan color?), I'd like to stain the outer planks. Minwax golden oaks most likely. The interior of the boat I'd still like to paint but I think the recommended Darkghost Gray might be a little too dark or too blue for my taste. I'm still waiting for the paint to arrive so I'm not sure yet how it will look in person yet but I would like the interior to be a much lighter color; maybe even white. I've been looking at existing dory's online to get an idea of how they're normally painted as I don't want to go too far away from what would be realistic. The kit comes with a line tub to be place into the boat which is realistic and nice but I'd like building a little lobster trap for it instead. I don't think this specific dory style was used for lobster trapping but I'm sure one of her coastal cousins was so I wouldn't be too far off. The kit itself arrived a few weeks ago just before my work started to get really busy so I barely had time to have dinner and crash let alone start building. It just sat on my desk and teased me every day: From Maine to Chicago I did take some time to look over the instructions and get familiar with the process as well as look through all the pieces to make sure that I had everything. It all looked great and except for a very boneheaded mistake when I accidentally bent a cracked a small wood strip that was supposed to go around the line tub. I rationalized it by remembering that I wanted to build a lobster trap instead but it would be nice to have the line tub done as well just in case. Maybe I can glue it back together? And here I've build the five frames based on the awesome template that's included in the plan. It was really helpful to get them all lined up: I'm not sure how much leeway I have because I've literally never built anything like this before so I'm probably over-checking the alignments. There are a couple joints that weren't sitting exactly flush because I probably didn't cut them well enough or the glue slipped so I used wood filler on them just in case. I have no idea if that even matters or not but I think they will be visible at the bottom of the boat so might as well: I'll finish notching all the frames next once they're all glued together and then put them onto the framework with the hull. Hopefully I can make small progress every week and I'll do my best to keep this updated. Thanks for visiting!
  5. As part of my last build, Joshua Slocum’s Spray, I built a dory and then cut it in half because he used half a dory as his “ship’s boat”. I thought at the time a complete dory would be fun to build. So, now, how were the old Grand Banks dories built? My research showed that during the 1880’s-1890’s the dory was built by the thousands, and was probably the first boat to be mass produced. Each fishing schooner that went out carried as many dories and fishermen on board as it could. This got me thinking. The ship owners would be looking for the lowest price and the dory builders would be building as simply as possible to lower their cost. The modern dory is a different boat. The modern dory is long pieces of plywood and a few frames. They have little rocker to almost flat on the bottom, and the chine strake is large at the ends and narrow in the middle. This wastes wood and is something the dory builders of old would not have wanted to do. The written descriptions and pictures of the old dories show a boat with a deep rocker to the bottom and the chine plank is straight from bow to stern. The old dory should be a simple boat to build. Now to this build. Let’s have fun. I will make the planks equal in width and straight from end to end and we will see what happens. The half frame is a great advantage to mass production. Several half frames can be made in advance and adjusted to fit at time of assembly. I made the half frames at 120 degrees. Dories are made with lap strake construction. The brass mounted on the angle prevents the angle from changing during sanding. The brass is also mounted slightly above the angle to leave about .010” on the edge of the plank. I did not know how much rocker there would be in the bottom so I could not mount the frames on a building board before mounting the chine strake.
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