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Hello readers of this forum,


My name is Hjalmar im 31 years old. I Work with computers and at a brewery. 

Previously i've built a model of the santa maria it was my first model and plank on frame scratch built. Not nearly as nice as some of great ships built on this forum, but was good for learning a bit. 

Then i built this model of the half moon also scratch. I hope noone minds too much the topic is unfinished, but the ship itself is also unfinished. The rigging is most of the work still to do on it. And improve some details.




Now im making a kit model from constructo. The Enterprise built in 1799 i believe. A bunch of pictures will illustrate my progress so far. I used epoxy glue to make a strong hull construction. Because the bulkheads were flimsy, not strong.


I foresee alot of problems i will need to solve:


- The planking is not tapered of bent (dont know if its called tapered) bent sideways. To make the planking lay flat against the bulkheads as they curve. I didn't see how to make that bend in the planks and didnt have materials in the kit to make them. So the planking is not correct according to the "rules". But i also cant do this with the second layer of planking strips. Its 0,5mm x 5mm sapelly. 


- Drill the holes for the masts without destroying the ship, and more even, drilling the hole for the bowsprit without ruining the planking.




The last picture is the planking after making it wet to see a stain effect. It looks decent, but the planking is incorrect, but i dont know how to make the necessary planks with just the strips of veneer.  











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Hello everyone,


Maybe its nothing new, but i tried to mix tamiya paint with 30minute epoxy and it worked pretty well. I attached the keel with this misxture and it fills up the gaps nicely with brown color. Looks abit more naturalthen glassy, clear epoxy.


There were a few bubbles, but nothing problematic. Maybe it can be used to simulate caulking or something else, Or art projects. Not model ships but artwork of some kind. It just takes abit longer to harden out.






I used just enough drops of paint in an abundance of epoxy, to color it.

Ill post the result of the keel assembly soon when its finished.


Donrobinson, thanks for the nice reply.



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Welcome to the Enterprise Club!She is a fun lady to get to know but as you are finding the instructions are a bit vague at times. Your hull looks good, the second planling will be even better. You may want to be carefull mixing paint in your epoxy, it could weaken the bond. Sawdust and glue or grain filler might be a safer alternative. Just a thought.

Folowing along with interest.


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