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Found 7 results

  1. Bought this kit when I was about 7 with the intention of it being a project for my dad and I to build together (or rather, for me to watch him build). Needless to say younger me didn’t quite have the attention span necessary and it’s been sitting untouched in the cupboard collecting dust ever since. Now, roughly 15 years later (and still lacking much patience), I’m finally going to attempt to build it myself (with a bit of help from dad of course).
  2. Hello, This Build log is being copied from another forum it was actually started three weeks ago. I am actually a little embarrassed to even put this here after reviewing all of the beautiful workmanship on this site. But we all have to start somewhere even at 60 yrs old. So here goes. This will be a log of my first complete build of a wooden boat kit. Like many people I have made many attempts over the years to build one of these to completion only to get half way through and run out of patience or just have life get in the way. Now that I am sixty years old I seem to have developed the patience for this sort of thing and my only daughter is all grown up, married and has blessed my wife and I with our first grand daughter so I am promising myself that this one will get finished no matter what. Also with the internet it is so much easier to reach out to people of like mind and skills and draw on their experience to solve problems that would have previously stopped me in my tracks. I recently came by this kit locally on Craig's list for thirty bucks so I figured what the heck. The same fellow had an 1/75 AL Bluenose for $75.00 I should have grabbed it too I suppose. The box was a bit mildewed (not unusual in Florida) but the kit is complete. I actually got a head start so let me bring you up to date day by day.
  3. Starting with the instructions. Gave them a good read through. Had trouble with seperating the keel from the sprue and, snap. Elmers to the rescue. Letting that cure before forging ahead. This is my first wooden ship model. I'm no stranger to modeling, or miniature painting so i hope my skills at figure painting will do me service here. I may or may not be verbose in my descriptions. This is less a how to and more of a document of what i did right and wrong. Suggestions are welcome, naturally.
  4. Started this build a while ago now and made slow progress while in class, finally have time to make a log and make more progress. I am building this kit as a gift to my gf, the John Alden Sloop was what I was originally going build, but it is far too big for where she wants to put it. That build has been sidelined for now and will be continued once I get to rigging this model. The Sakonnet daysailer is based off a John Alden design and I have found archived plans that very closely mirror the hull in the kit. This kit is exceptionally small with simple lines and detail. Here the frames and keel are laid out on an 8.5”x11” piece of paper Frames and keel prepped by Batson Photography, on Flickr The frames and keel glued in place Frame and keel assembly by Batson Photography, on Flickr If you look at the framed hull at the top of the picture, you can see I added the chine rail before the deck. I had read the directions so many times I had a false confidence and proceeded with gluing them in place without referencing the directions. By doing so the pre-cut deck did not line up because I had created a slight twist in the hull with the chines. After removing the chine, the keel straightened out, I glued the deck and replaced the chine. This worked out to my benefit as the included deck was not a uniform color so I cut the deck from a sheet of bass wood with a more uniform color and nicer grain pattern. new deck by Batson Photography, on Flickr The Daysailer with its big brother on the building board framed hull and deck 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr framed hull and deck by Batson Photography, on Flickr Port side planked and trimmed, I found the planking slightly difficult as the sheets are fairly think for being bent in such a small area even after steaming. Port side planked and trimmed by Batson Photography, on Flickr Starboard side plank by Batson Photography, on Flickr Hull fully planked, sanded and filled, and making the keel thicker. The keel had developed a slight curve after planking the bottom of the hull from steaming the balsa sheet. To correct this I glued a piece of 1/32" basswood on each side of the keel. the keel look much more proportionate being thicker. Hull by Batson Photography, on Flickr In order to keep the seem between the keel and rudder smooth I also made the rudder thicker below the waterline. rudder as supplied by Batson Photography, on Flickr rudder as supplied 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr thicker rudder 2 by Batson Photography, on Flickr Thicker rudder by Batson Photography, on Flickr Now I have put a coat of primer on the hull and rudder and sanded it. It needs one more pass of filler and I will finally get to painting.
  5. This will be my first kit build log on MSW and my second wood boat build. The Sakonnet Daysailer, a 1937 club "one-design" boat, designed by John G. Alden. Joe
  6. My next project I'm starting tonight is a Midwest Products Sakonnet Daysailer. Here is a picture of the box art and what the boat should look like once completed.
  7. I saw another model Sakonnet being modeled on here after I picked up my kit and thought I would post a log as well. I picked this kit up for a very modest price of $10 at a swap meet and didn't even know if it was complete but the instruction were and I figured I could scratch build any missing parts. I'm new to ship modeling but have done quite a lot of planes and cars, mostly plastic. I figured I would tackle this with a small project before attempting a larger one. I've got my follow on projects already planned, a MS Rattlesnake vintage carved plug that was given to me for dirt cheap and I'd like to scratch build a Clipper or the 1797 Constellation. I know pretty ambitious but here is my start to this Alden Classic. Started with the keel, it was already punched out with a few chunks from the rudder area, so I figured I might try and hinge it? I dry fit the frames and then glued them. I didn't have a fancy alignment jig, so I squared them up with clothes pins and a tiny metal machinist ruler I have. I beveled the transom bulkhead at the top to accept the deck by carving it away with my hobby blade and then rough sanding. I then attached the deck with rubber bands to clamp it and added the stringers, I had to cut one of the 1/16th stringers(Chines) out of balsa as the kit supplied piece was not long enough for both. So far so good, next I'm going to prime all the inner areas with some clear coat before smoothing the frames for interior paint. I took some time to also to trace out the frame pieces to build a follow on kit in the future as well. I really love this style of small sailboat. My real life Daysailer is a 1969 Ghost 13 by Janus, it's fiberglass but it gets us out on the water.
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