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Colonial Schooner Port Jackson by Bundybear1981 - Modellers Shipyard - 1803 - Scale 1:50


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After building my first kit, the HM Cutter Mermaid, I decided to go with another of the Australian Colonial series of models from Modellers Shipyard with the Schooner Port Jackson 1803.

 

Kit Contents Check

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Laser Cut Sheets

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This time I sorted and labelled all the parts at the start to make it easier to find the bit I need as I built.

 

The Card Parts Organized

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Drawers Labelled with Parts

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Today I made my start on the Jackson.  I carefully cut the bulkheads out of the laser cut ply and checked for a true fit.  Some adjustments were required (a couple needed lifting and others needed to be lowered)

 

Bulkheads Glued (Deck is floating to help square the bulkheads)

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When checking the fits after gluing I noted one bulkhead had slightly lifted (#7, you can see in the first picture it no longer has a true fit to the keel).  I adjusted it before the glue had a chance to set.

 

After leaving this to dry for 24 hrs I then glued the deck to the model, pinning down the centre and along each bulkhead towards the outside.

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This was now left to dry overnight.

Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Today I made a start on the faring.  On my last build this set wasn't done as well as it could have been leading to issues during the planking so I spent more time to get it exactly right this time.

 

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Today I made a start on the first layer of planking.

 

First Plank Run

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First Group of Planks

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Second Group of Planks

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Third Group of Planks

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This time I had a much nicer finish on the first planking layer with much better meets on the bow and a more even run to the keel.

Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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My next effort was sanding and finishing of the 1st layer of planking.  After the sanding was completed the end result was one that I was very happy with.  The next step will be the 2nd layer of planking this weekend.

 

Finish of 1st Planking Run

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Sanding Ready for 2nd Planking

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Over the last week I made an effort on the 2nd planking layer.  I was quite happy with the results.  The next stage will be the decking :)

 

 

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 The finish is still wet here making it look more shiny then it actually is...

Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Another update of my build :)  I've completed the decking, added the caprails and made most the deck furniture.

 

Had some issues with doing the decking, in the video it showed joggling but I was unable to find reference to it in the written plans or the timber mentioned in the video on the parts list or in the plans.  I ended up forcing a plank around the outer run which came up well.

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Some of my deck furnishing waiting to be installed.

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Been a bit busy with work over Easter so I haven't had much time to get on and post updates on my build.  She's coming along nicely.  Since my last post I've fitted the deck furniture, side rails, dead eyes and rudder.  She is starting to take shape now!

 

The deck furnished

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Side Elevated

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Side Image

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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I've been a bit slack on updating this so here is the latest updates on the Jackson :)

Since my last post I've shaped and constructed the masts, booms, trestlets and started doing the standing rigging.

 

The Masts and Booms constructed

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Trestlets

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Up they go - Masts positioned

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Rigging started

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Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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thanks John :) Been an enjoyable build so far.  Hoping to get some ropework done today will my little one is having her nap.

Thanks,

Jason Tarr

Current Build : Longboat - HMS Sirius 1786

 

Completed Build : HM Mermaid 1817

Completed Build : Colonial Schooner Port Jackson 1803

 

Upcoming Build : Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798

Upcoming Build : Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807

 

 

 

 

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Hi Jason,

 I've just had a look through both your builds.Very nice work on both of them. :D

 

At the rate you build them you will probably have your next build, if it is the Norfolk, finished before I do :) 

Cheers :cheers:

Jeff 

 

Current Builds;

 HMS Supply 

Completed Builds;

AL Swift 1805; Colonial Sloop NorfolkHMS Victory Bow SectionHM Schooner Pickle

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I successfully completed the Port Jackson with scratch built sails and associated rigging.  It was my first build and I was pleased with the kit albeit some instruction errors still exist even in 2021.

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Completed:  

PORT JACKSON - 1803 Topsail Schooner 1/50 by Modellers Shipyard

HMB ENDEAVOUR - 1768 Bark 1/64 by Artesania Latina

Under Construction:  

HMAV BOUNTY - 1/60 by Amati

NORFOLK Colonial Sloop- 1/64 Scratchbuild

HMS EURYALUS - 1:48 Scratchbuild POF

Next Project:  

HMS THUNDRER - 1/48 CAF Models/Scratchbuild

Planned:  

HMS SUPPLY - 1/64 Scratchbuild

HMS SIRIUS

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albeit some instruction errors still exist even in 2021

This is very nicely done and the sails look just right. I understand that the plans for this kit were based on drawings by Karl Heinz Marquardt. I am currently rigging my scratch built 1/48 scale model, based on the plans from the National Maritime Museum with a sail/rigging plan drawn by David MacGregor. The NMM plans show two options; sloop rigged with a single mast and channels with three deadeyes or schooner rigged and channels with four deadeyes for both fore and mainmasts, the forward three deadeyes for the lower mast, the aft deadeye for the topmast. The rigging plans also show yards crossed on both masts with a topsail as well as a driver on the mainmast.

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