Philthy Posted September 21, 2015 Share #1 Posted September 21, 2015 Hello Fellow Builders, This build log is for the Bon Retour by Artesania Latina (AL). This kit is designated as an entry level / beginner kit and is reasonably priced at around $60. I have had the kit for about 2 years now while working on her a little here and there. Now that I am finally settled in after moving I can make some decent progress. Im motivated to finish the Bon Retour since I have two new kits waiting for me! For my birthday the girl friend got me the U.S. Independence from AL and I treated myself with the Armed Virginia Sloop from Model Shipways. I would gauge my experience a humble beginner being new to building wooden ships. I have read dozens of build logs since picking up wooden ship building and these logs have proved very informational as well as inspiring. My aim is to share and contribute my builds and explain the steps from the view point of a beginner in hopes of helping out fellow builders who are just starting out. This is my second wooden ship model and my confidence level has considerably increased from my first build the Jolly Boat by AL. As you can see I had to use a bit of wood putty to even out the hull after planking, Since this is a singe plank hull and I plan on painting her, I figured why fuss about how pretty she looks now just as long as her hull is even and smooth. A number of modifications and repairs were needed on the hull from when i first started 2 years ago. Like a dummy i was filing down the bulkheads with the keel in a vice. Well too much pressure and I snapped the keel at the stern section. This required some profanity and some modifications to reattach the stern section. I feel it looks fine now, however she does not match up with the plans exactly now. She's a little longer and narrower than intended by the original kit. Im going to end this post now, however please leave your comments or advice as far as what you see. I see this build a being an opportunity to cut my teeth on a basic kit while preparing for more detailed builds in the future. Cheers! Phil Current Build: Bon Retour (AL) On Deck: U.S. Independence (AL) Armed Virginia Sloop (Modle Shipways) Completed: Jolly Boat (AL) yvesvidal, GuntherMT and dgbot 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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