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Well.......since MSW suffered this catastrophic crash (terrible thing to happen). With everyones permission, I would like to use this event as a chance to start fresh.

 

I'm going to start with building the New York Pilot Boat “Phantom”. I will be using Chucks practicum as a guide to building the Phantom, as it is much more explanatory than the manual that came with the kit. I do plan on weathering this model, as that is what I enjoy doing. I just think it adds a bit of life, and character to the model. This will be my first solid hull model, I am use to building P.O.B models.

 

I got through the first step of shaping the hull. At first it was a bit intimidating, but after I got a little way into it, I found it wasn't all that bad. I've added the keel, stem, and sternpost to the hull. I do still have some work to do to the deck before I plank it. I plan on planking the deck with individual strips.

 

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Excellent......There will be only a few more of these as I believe it will no longer be available as a Solid hull.   In the near future it will become a new POB kit.  I cant wait to see your fantastic weathering techniques used on this model.

 

Chuck

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YAY! Another Phantom - I loved building mine and credit it (and blame it) for my new addiction!!!    Awesome start, so nice and clean - and that rudder looks fantastic. (mine looked like a paddle with a nub ;) )

 

Can't wait to see more!!

 

 

 

-Adam

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Gerald:

That is close to how they did it. In a real boat, there would be a wider king plank down the center and the ends of the deck planks would be joggled into the king plank. I think yours look good though. Nice work with the seams.

 

Russ

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hey Gerald,

 

Am really enjoying your build. Like the way you are laying the deck. Since the Phantom is a 1:96 scale are the planks 1/16". It would sure take a great hand and eye to joggle 1:16 planks into the king plank. I am learning a lot from your build which is good as I just started a Phantom build too, LOL. Should I plank the deck, ummmmm?

 

BFN

 

Cheers,

Hopeful aka David

 

“there is wisdom in many voices”

 

Completed: Sharpie Schooner (Midwest) Posted Gallery

 

Current: Sultana (MSW)

Current: Phantom (MSW)

 

Next: Lady Nelson (Amati Victory)

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Hi Hopeful, 

 

I think it would be possible to joggle the 1/16 in. planks into a king plank that is wider. The picture here shows the planks on the foredeck joggled into another 1/16 in. margin plank. With planks this small it is kind of hard to see what you're doing.

 

As you can see, I still have some work to do on the bulwarks. Once I am satisfied with those, I will paint the outside of the hull, and copper plate the bottom before adding the rail, I don't want to take the chance of breaking it. I do feel I made the deck rather dark, but I'm going to go with it.

 

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Hi Gerald,

 

Thanks for the response.

 

You did very well to joggle the deck planks into the margin plank...1/16 all around is remarkable. You sailors in Nebraska have keen eyes and steady hands. Man, are the bulwarks thin or what. Lets forget about the 1/16ths and go with some 3/32nds for relief. BTW, dark deck looks good as the phantom ain't no yatch! Little low lustre poly on that and you are good to go.

 

Look forward to your next post.

 

BFN

 

Cheers,

Hopeful aka David

 

“there is wisdom in many voices”

 

Completed: Sharpie Schooner (Midwest) Posted Gallery

 

Current: Sultana (MSW)

Current: Phantom (MSW)

 

Next: Lady Nelson (Amati Victory)

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I finished the deck, and bulwarks this weekend. I lightened up the deck, so it isn't as dark as it was. I had done some extreme weathering to the bulwarks, but at this scale it didn't look good at all. So I painted the bulwarks, and waterways a medium cream color, then added a grungy gray weathering powder.......much better than the first attempt. I also added the powder to specific areas of the deck. The hull is painted with a lighter color of black called Graphite, I prefered this over straight black.

 

Now I have a lot of copper plates to cut, so I can copper the bottom.

Plus I want to build the launching ways.

 

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The deck planking in the kit is a scribed sheet, but you can substitute individual deck planking strips at your expense if you like. That is what Gerald has done. Just a little kit bashing to improve the kit.

 

Russ

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Gulfmedic1.........Yes, as Russ said, the Phantom does come with a scribed sheet for the decking. I preferred the individual planking. The actual size of planks I used is .0208 x .0625, I got these through Midwest. I didn't buy these for this purpose, they were actually going to be used for some 1/4" scale structures that I never got to. Kit bashing is what makes this hobby so enjoyable, and is what makes each model you build, more personal to your own individuality.

 

Thank you Jack, and Russ. Jack, for a small fee, you are welcome to use any idea I use.......................................... :cheers: just kidding.

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I know I've been gone for awhile. I don't have internet on my computer. Only internet I have is this little phone. I have been working on my Phantom though, just getting use to this phone so can get active on this site again.i Hope this works, lol. I also have the deck furniture built. I will post pictures of those as I install them, if this works out.

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