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  1. First build log for first ship attempt. Already planked realizing I should create a log to document it! So far I found planking to be pleasantly challenge. Love the fact that if you take your time, most mistakes can be sanded out! I minimized the number of nails when I planked and pulled many out after glue dried (tightbond capenter's glue and cy to "spot weld" when needed). I've got the rubbing strakes on and now working on the railing. Need to give a shout out to DocBlake for his keel clamp. I followed his sample images substituting wingnuts because I had them available. Awesome clamp!
  2. Hi everyone and welcome to my log of Artesania Latina’s kit of the Virginia 1819. I have wanted to build two ships for a long time; the Bounty as I have always been fascinated by the story, and the Liveship Paragon from the Robin Hobb fantasy novels. Having no experience in using wood, (my experience is in plastic modelling - aircraft, German WW2 armour, Tamiya's Tirpitz, scifi ships, model railroading, and even some Warhammer figures) I decided to start with a beginners kit to see how well I fared before shelling out for something complicated. I got the kit from De Agostini as a partwork. As I work on the kitchen table I also purchased the Occre workstation early on in the build. This kit was started about 3 years ago but I’m a slow builder, especially as I tend not to build in the summer months - so this log is an incentive to be finished by this summer! The early part of the build was done under the assumption that this was a real boat, however the further into the build I got I soon realised that this is a kit based on “the kind of boat made during the period”, and is very simplified. I have made a few changes based on trying to get a bit more detail and “accuracy”. I hope I haven’t made too many mistakes…… The false keel and bulkheads. Pretty standard fare - the correct alignment made easier by gluing the bulkheads to the false keel and the false deck at the same time. Balsa wood was used to fill between the bulkheads at the bow and stern. I applied a couple of coats of 50/50 diluted aliphatic carpenters glue to harden the balsa after it had been shaped. Decking applied, the caulking represented by the use of a black sharpie pen, luckily no bleeding but I think black was too stark so I’d probably use a dark brown next time. Planking the hull. I used a plank bender (the one that puts indents on the inner face) and pinned while the glue set. By changing the angle of the plank bender to the plank you can get a twist as well as a bend. The pins were pushed in at an angle to push the plank towards its neighbour. Filler was applied where needed and the bulwarks attached. These were thin enough to bend easily, again pinned while the glue set. The hull was then sanded down and the keel, stern post and cutwater? added.
  3. Hi all, Regretting not taking more pics during the build process but heres my finished Virginia. Started this as a first model with the aim to learn as much as possible. All up its been a very pleasurable 7 month project and has given me a basic grounding in the various aspects of model ship building. Prior to this i had built several RC model racing yachts, and in the distance past several small full size craft, still it this contained many steep learning curves. Unlike others, I found the kit to be of all good quality timber, while the rigging process had me ordering more blocks and dead eyes, the latter of which were of poorer quality than the rest of the kit. Again unlike others ive read about, I had no trouble with the documentation for the hull build. Its a bit sparse in some areas but those holes were usually filled by research online and the fact that there are quiet a few build logs for his kit. The rigging guide (if you can call single sheet that) on the other hand was rubbish. The rigging while the most daunting part for me was something i really enjoyed, and when a few million hours of procrastination finally transformed into doing something. Attached are some pics, if i can find more ill post them. As for a next build? a le Renard or Le Cerf...a bit bigger overall and these types I find very attractive.
  4. Hi All, After having been away from the hobby for a while I purchased the combined USS Monitor and CSS Virginia kits from Bluejacket. I completed the USS Monitor and a build log if it can be seen here: Now moving on to the CSS Virginia. It is a noticeably more complex kit than the Monitor but of equally high quality. The hull is well formed and the various metal pieces come in a nice segregated and sealed bag. The plans are also well drawn and quite descriptive. Thanks to @MrBlueJacket and company for again making a great kit. Looking forward to getting into the thick of building it. The kit contains a number of individual metal pieces all nicely packaged. I couldn't resist setting the completed USS Monitor next to the bare hull of the CSS Virginia for scale.
  5. I will be building the CSS Virginia (ex-Merrimac) model. When finished, it will be 17 1/2" long. The instructions start with a nice bit of history on the ship:
  6. Hello Everyone and Happy New Year! Over the past couple of days, I've begun my restoration of this old model. At the outset I didn't know how much, if any, of the rigging could be saved, but after some time with it I decided to cut it all out and start over. Where the spars are broken, it had become hopelessly tangled. As well many of the knots were letting go and the lines felt very brittle, so I spent the better part of a day of examining it and making copious notes before I cut it all out. Next on the list was a thorough cleaning of the deck and hull. It was coated in decades of dust. In the process, some additional damage occurred, but in many ways, I'm better off having it all happen now as it's easier to repair then it would be later. The type of thing I'm talking about here is fife rails coming loose and the edging on the hatches and the roof on the skylight coming off. These were made with cardstock, so I'll replace them with some 1/32" wood. I salvaged all of the blocks, deadeyes etc. by soaking them in some rubbing alcohol and releasing them from the lines. I've taken stock of the repairs that have to be made - the main one is the chunk that's broken out of the port side bulwarks, some missing railing, missing cathead, broken jibboom, broken tressle trees on the main mast, fife rails, hatch trim and skylight roof, as well as return the cannons. When I received the model, over half the cannons were missing. However, over Christmas, I saw the friend who gave me the model and he had found them, so I have the full compliment. I'm particularly fond of the deck on this model, so I am going to give it a coat of polyurethane to protect if from the likely possibility of paint, glue and/or coffee being spilled on it. I had hoped at the outset that I would only be doing very minor touch ups, but the closer I look, the more I realize I will need to do. I think I will have to repaint virtually the whole model. For example, take a look at the photo of the yard below. I just can't return it with the white tip looking like that. That's a combination of a sloppy glue job plus 60 years of dust and cigarette smoke. David the major damage is this break. Thankfully, the piece is not missing the skylight roofs and hatch trim are made of cardstock example of how it needs to be cleaned up soaking the blocks etc. loose the rigging stripped off - no turning back now the deck is almost clean now, notice how the cardstock pieces did not survive the cleaning
  7. I have got what tools I think I need to start so here it a few pictures, I dried fixed before gluing. My next job is the decking planks, I need to look up how to do that first to get the best results.
  8. For my first build I chose AL's Virginia 1819 schooner. It appears to be challenging but not too ambitious for a first build. Inside the box: Keel, bulkheads, and false deck ready to be assembled: After nailing the false deck to the keel, not glued together: I plan to align the bulkheads and nail the false deck to them and glue it all together this week. Next weekend starts the planking! Any advice is welcome!
  9. So, here we go. First kit, first build post. My kit arrived in the mail from hobbylinc.com. I haven't seen that website mentioned on here before. The shipping was prompt and the price was good. The kit ran me around $90 which included shipping to Alaska. It's rare for me to find a website that will ship to Alaska, let alone one that charges me a fair price for the shipping. Thumbs up to hobbylinc.com for that one. I haven't had the need to contact their customer service for any reason, so I can't comment on that. It is an American company, based out of Georgia. My only real complaint about the order was the packaging job. The box the kit was shipped in was just slightly too wide, and the single piece of shipping paper inside meant the kit was able to slide around quite a bit during shipping. The kit didn't show any signs of damage so it's a moot point. After opening the kit, I went through and inventoried all the parts to the best of my ability. I also poured through the instructions, 1:1 pictures, and the photo instructions. As has been stated before on this forum, the instructions from AL are a little confusing to read due to the translation. I went through and dry fit all the bulkheads and the 2 mast supports. And that's about as far as I got so far. No pictures yet, because there just isn't too much to see yet. I expect this build will take a while, and that suits me just fine. Until next time.
  10. Like the title says Virginia by Latina, should be a nice simple build. The first pic is the box for those who don't know what the kit looks like, the second is all the bulk heads installed on the keel (all have been faired) and in the last pick the false deck has been glued and nailed. All comments and questions welcome.
  11. Hi everybody! This is my first plank on frame bulkhead model and my first build log. The Virginia is rated as an easy ship to build but I decided to build the Virgina as I really like the way it looks. Here is my log: Unboxing Lots of bits and pieces. Very neatly packed. False Keel and Frames Cleaning up and test fitting the frames to the false keel. Squaring up the Frames Pinned the frames in place using the deck before gluing the frames in place. I deviated from the included plans here by not gluing the deck down to make planking easier. Gluing the Frames Frames have been glued to the false keel and are drying. Fairing the Frame Cleaning up the frame for planking. Checking the Profile Using a spare piece of wood to check the hull profile. Fitting the Knightheads The knightheads and cutwater knightheads have been fit and are being cleaned up to match the profile of the frames. Weathering the Deck Planking I used a charcoal pencil to darken one edge of each plank strip. Need 20 in all for the deck. Cutting the Planks I made a jig to make cutting the planks a little easier. Decided on 8cm long planks for the deck. Preparing the Deck Spreading contact glue on some planks and the deck. Planking the Deck Started at the back and worked forward once the glue was tacky. Halfway there I realized a little late that I should have planked up the center first and then work out to the edges. Hard to see in this picture but a couple of planks are slightly crooked and had to be sanded down and patched up. Deck Planked All planking has been applied to the deck and is drying. Cleaned up Deck Deck has been trimmed and sanded and is ready to be applied to the hull frame. Deck Fitted to Frame Deck has been glued to the hull frame and has been cleaned up where needed. Deck Planking Detail Closeup of the weathering and detail on the deck planking. I used a pencil to simulate nails. Next up: lining the hull.

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