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Ensign by Tom Bombadil - Bluejacket - Scale 1:48 - 19th Century revenue cutter, NOT ACTIVE

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Hi All; Finally have a bit (a little bit) of time on my hands.  I am still working on another build, need to post photos. but this one is going to be a gift for a friend. I purchased this excited to see Bluejacket had done a new kit of a revenue cutter based on William Doughty's design for a 31 ton cutter.  There is much discussion on these cutters and this kit should be fun.  IT is an "Ensign" build.  I purchased the "Ensign Kit" curious as to the paints and tools they provided.  It is a small ship.. and picked specially for a small area.


Here's the Box:




Here's what was in the Box:




Here are the Tools that were included in the Ensign package:


All tools from Excel

1. Swivel Head pin vise

    3 x #75 bits

    1 x #67 bit

    1 x #55 bit

2. 5" Needle Nose Plier with Cutter

3. K18 Grip-On Knife (with blades)

4. Sharp Point Tweezers

5. SIG SCS643 White Super Stripe tape

6. 4 sheets P60 Grit 4.5x5.5 

7. 5 sheets 220 Grit " 



I Ordered the Paint Kit as well


Here are the Wood Parts for the Ship and the Britannia Parts which look great



Here is the Rough Hull:



And the First Page of the Manual




I did not have the two books referenced on the first page.  They will be here later this week (used).

I have most of the other books from Chapelle and have been reading them for years now.


The prints that came with the model are very basic.

1. 17 page booklet + 4 pages of parts listing

2. General Arrangement 1/4"=1'

3. Standing Rigging 

4. Running Rigging

5. Hull Templates


There are no sheer or profile plans (these are what I ordered the books for).  I will also be looking for full sheet plans elsewhere as well.  There are details that I will be wanting to add to this model.  I think that this cutter may have been copper platted as well.



I am also VERY interested in solid hull models. Especially very detailed ones that can go in smaller spaces.   Not much room on the home front. 


More later!


Guy (Tom's my Alter-Ego!)  


Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!




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Hi Wedj;

Instructions very basic and if one were to follow them blindly, they would be in trouble. This is a  new kit for bluejacket. I started to cut out the Hull templates and back them with posterboard, all good.  Then, they provided 2 templates for the bow and the stern to set the general hull profile so that a center line could be drawn so that while sanding the hull one could maintain a flat so that a false keel could be mounted in a later step.


The templates were 1/8 Laser plywood nicely cut.  The Stern template made much sense and looked right.  However when I tried to test fit the bow template something just was not right... There is a "water line" marked in each template which aids in the placement. The bow template just did not fit right.  Went to the VERY basic prints provided.  The Stern template matches perfectly.  The Bow template does not.  The base of the template in reference to the waterline and the hull profile does not follow the keel run.  I sent Bluejacket a note.


I think I can modify the template to work.  I was expecting a bit more from Bluejacket as to prints and documentation though.. one pays a premium for their kits.. for sure.



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Did you get my note? I had the same issues with bow template. Recommend fitting with the stem piece. My deck template still has some overlap also.

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