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this is my first attempt at building ship (ok part of ship) from scratch. I think it will be a good practise for beginning.

I dare not to build whole ship yet and I also do not have so much space at home for 1:48 ship.

I choose american walnut for main parts. I got this wood from my work - it is not a common species here in Europe.

It is hard and has a beautiful dark colour. I made the first 3 pieces according to plan. 



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Hello and welcome to the build. Off to a very nice start. The Walnut will make a very nice model. Looking forward to more... :)

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Hello Ships Carpenter. I agree with your thoughts of this as a practice beginning, I am also doing the same thing with my cross section. And I like your idea of using an exacto blade the way you did. I would have never thought of that. Now I have a new tool for my ship building. I'll be watching your build as you go along. Have fun Mike.

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thanks for access to plans and for welcome to Triton builder´s club.


Mike thanks for looking and comments - it is not my idea with this scratch tool I saw it in some Triton full build here.

Exacto blade was not ideal (very brittle)- it was only try on photo - better is blade from snap-off knive.


I am working on frames - next time I add some photos of this work.

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So I printed plans of frames, numbered them and glued them on 5mm thick wallnut sheet. here was important to glue the pieces straight and correct - as I later recognized and must redo 5 pieces, but with 9x11 pieces it was ok.

And then made a little dust in my living room with scrollsaw. I enjoyed this work and with my proxxon saw blades it was quickly. 

I clean up ends of every piece , for this I has no machine, but for this was enough chisel and sandpaper glued on small rectangular wooden stick.

I glued each plan of assemly on a small platte 9mm MDF. And then try and adjust the pieces until it finally clicked together.

I glued them step by step I let the glue to dry and then added other pieces.

Little training with treenails.   



















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little update, here are the wrong pieces I must replaced with better ones.

I made building board of old furniture board. Also marked off space for keel( false keel).

Glueing keel with false keel together - I used PVA glue with black acrylic paint - It is not so good visible but maybe it come out with coat of varnish.

Last thing is unify joints for keel in every frame, I fixed frames on board with rectangular attached pin which fits to the groove for keelson. Then sanding until keel fits perfectly to the rabbet.









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