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After finishing the side wheeler Portland i decided to build a smaller model of the Robert E Lee by Amati. The kit is very detailed with great metal parts and good plans. There is a english and Italian plan set. The drawing are in Italian but you can cross reference from the english to Italian. The different decks are built as individual boxes. The bluejackect model had slab sides which made it rather difficult at times. This is my 8th wooden ship . I woould recommend this kit to anyone wishing to build a paddle wheelr.
I started building the Blue jacket model of the Portland 6 months ago. During that time i kept photographic records but was too busy to post. right now I am about 90 % complete. My past build are the Sultana, the Philadelphia, the Niagara, the Mary Rose. i belong to a ship building group in Portland Oregon. I have been building for about 5 years. Our group has a blog called Ship Class where we post the progress of our group . If any one is interested its http://woodenshipclass.blogspot.com/ In this first entry I will post the progress of the hull. The Portland is a solid hull. The shape is pretty good with a little sanding and priming it can be made ready. the instructions are a bit vague. It suggests using planking for the sponsoons. I decided to use wider bass wood. It was faster and easier to fill. The hull was primed several times until a smooth finish was obatained . I used rustoleum on the hull but quickly switched to Tamyia paint .. The rustoleum took to long to cure. and ended up crazing if I didnt wait a week or more between coats. Crazy.