mobbsie Posted December 5, 2015 Share #1 Posted December 5, 2015 Hi Guys, Well here we are, back on familiar ground with a kit build although there is an awful lot on this boat that needs to be scratched. The Armed Launch was used by different navies during the 19th century, approx. 10 metres in length it was armed with different size guns, one large cannon at the bow and two small swivel guns at the stern. These boats were used for coastal patrols or in escort services, they also demonstrated their wartime capabilities in surprise actions by attacking craft in trouble, anchored up or in the roads. The model is triple planked with the first planking on full show on the inboard, this planking is Walnut, the second planking is for strength and is Lime, the last planking should be Walnut but I want to change this to Swiss Pear, I want a bare wood finish if possible and I want to keep the paint away from the main parts of the boat. I started with the keel by cutting two 3mm rabbits, I'm not too sure if this was the right thing to do but it's done and so I have to make it work. With the rabbits cut I dry fitted the bulkheads, the top 2/3rds will be removed when the planking is completed, these were then glued into place and the alignment deck put in position, this deck plays no part in the final boat, it's purely to keep the bulkheads square whilst planking. I started the first planking (Walnut) and have so far got just about halfway and so it continues, care has to taken as this first layer is on full show apart from the bow section. I hope all that follow this build will enjoy the trip and please feel free to offer any advice / comments along the way. Some pictures First up the obligatory kit shots The Keel in my clamp showing a Rabbit Bulkheads dry fitted Bow block attached and alignment deck in place The first three rows on both sides Not very exciting at the moment is it. I'm not right upto-date with the pictures but they would only be more of the same planking so that it for now, I will post again when I have more progress, that will be a bit slow due to the time of year and the Admirals just do jobs. Please feel free to make any comments guys. Be Good mobbsie popeye the sailor, canoe21, gjdale and 18 others 21 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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