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Brazzera by Seventynet - FINISHED - MarisStella - scale 1:32

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Greetings shipbuilders,


Following is my build log for the Brazzera from MarisStella. I think it will be rather short, at least for the beginning because I didn't take many pictures and because it seems to be well covered by Zoran in his news from MarisStells log and Don in his Trabaccolo log. The Trabaccola is very similar - the Brazzera is a bit shorter and has only one mast.


This kit has beautifully prepared materials. It is not an easy kit to build but I am enjoying it. If anyone has comments or suggestions I very much welcome them.


Regards, Ian










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This is where I was a few days ago. Floor boards laid, inside planking completed, bow and stern floors constructed and just starting the panelling of the fore and aft bulkheads. Fiddly work. Sanding is very challenging - and nuts to the advice that you should sand before you lay the boards, I just don't see the point. Sanding is only required after you lay the strakes and flooring to flush them up.


Oh yes, I forgot to mention that I milled oak for all the floors. The bilge stringers that came with the kit were oak, not mahogany as advertised in the manual - unless I somehow misplaced them :) . Lots of old oak house flooring lying around so it was no problem to extend the theme to the build flooring. Besides I really didn't like the limewood that came with the kit, it had a green tinge to it (no reflection on the quality of the materials overall - really good). I like the colour of oak and found it generally easy to work with. Seemed to hold an edge pretty well.




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  • 3 weeks later...

Thanks for the likes and well wishes everyone. Its been a few weeks but not hard at it weeks. I've added and shaped filler blocks for the entire hull. I won't defend using blocks between the first three and last three bulkheads at the bow and stern, except to say they were pretty easy to do. Balsa and less complicated curves make life simple. But really, the bulkheads are fairly close together so one could easily get away without them I used basswood for the stern and bow bulkheads and that took more time.


Anyway I am now ready to mark off the planks with the likely deluded notion that I can avoid drops and stealers. Stay tuned.


Best, Ian










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Thanks Bob, I'm going to be watching you carefully on the bow planking. I have the same sort of bluff bow. I just took a cruise through your endeavour build as you'll see from my likes.


Best, Ian


Hi Ian

            The bluff bow certainly makes the planking a bit easier as the amount needed to taper planks is shorter because the bend in them starts a lot further toward the bow :)

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Hi folks,


Just a very quick update because even though it is minor, it's the kind of thing that would dawn on me after I planked if I hadn't paid attention to the manual (and Don's Trabacollo example). You have to mark off 1.8 mm (ish) from the top of each bulkhead top surface to delineate the top surface of the first of two 4 mm hull planks to be laid. This forms the bottom surface for the scuppers and will be flush with the deck surface.


Best, Ian



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  • 3 weeks later...

Thanks for the prodding and encouragement Zoran and Don and others for the likes. Much appreciated. I wasn't going to post until I had finished planking the hull but given my slow pace I'll post now to show I'm actually still making some progress. I can't quite put my finger on why it is taking so long with this build but I seem to only be able to get a single strake on per day.


I have finished the top two 3 mm strakes and the subsequent four 5 mm strakes on both sides. I have spiled most of the stern planks and only a couple of the bow planks. The twist at the bow so far has mostly been manageable (and sandable) but I expect I will be spiling the rest of the way at the bow and the stern. Could I get away without spiling? Yes to this point but to achieve the more horizontal configuration that I am after I will have to spile the rest. So far I have needed stock widths of less than 30 mm but I expect this will increase slightly as I work my way to the keel. Here I thank Don for providing me with the wide walnut stock. :cheers: Thanks Don!


All of the planks completed so far will be covered by wales and facia, the rest of them to the keel will not be covered.

Once I mark off the rest of the hull (3 or 4 strake bands) I will repost in case someone wants to follow me down this path.


Best, Ian




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Thanks very much Don and others for the likes.


I have marked off the starboard side into 4 bands each of which will receive 5 planks. I will mark off each band just as I start planking in it. I think this plan is a bit of a departure from what others might have done so I hope it works. My objectives are threefold: have the planks lie in a more horizontal manner, that is, minimize the sweep up the stem; achieve a uniform plank width at the stem and stern; and eliminate drop planks and stealers. The penalty of course is that almost all of the bow and probably stern planks will have to be spiled therefore significantly increasing the time it will take me to complete this operation. Anyway I'm probably nuts to try this but unless someone talks me out of it that's the way I'm going to go.


Best, Ian



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Hi Mr. Ian ...
... looks really good .. the belts are very good done (as the photos show)...
This planking looks promising, the interior is very pretty and clean ... A very nice build is going on here ...

... These five first planks are very important for the wales, this will be seen later ...


Best Regards,


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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks Michael and Zoran and others for the likes. Very much appreciated. As far as overall progress I have not come very far in the last month or so. A half hull is it. :( But I will not be in the shipyard much over the next month so I thought an update would be appropriate.


In summary, I spiled all bow and stern planks. In doing so I achieved a relatively level/horizontal planking line and avoided stealers or drop planks.

Best, Ian







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Good Morning Shipmates,


It has been a long voyage without significant discovery. Since I am about to embark on shore leave I present my latest progress on the Brazzera.


I have finished both sides of the hull from the scupper plank down. All planks (essentially 4 per strake), except maybe one or two, have been spiled at the bow and stern giving me a more level look without planks riding up at the bow and stern. Obviously this necessitated different walnut stock (from MarisStella, Don and my own), hence the multi-coloured planks. Not that you don't get that from a single source too.


For those interested in following this approach, the widest plank blanks would be about 35 mm with most being about 25 mm. Also keep in mind that in order to optimize the grain running lengthwise at the hook where the maximum bend will occur, you may want to have blank stock considerably wider than 35 mm. A consideration for doing this would be whether you decide to paint the hull which is obviously called for. Why go to all this trouble if you are going to paint? In the absence of spiling this hull poses severe edge bending challenges (I suppose less so depending on how you line out the geometry). Check out Zoran's log on the Brazerra/Trabakul to see the difference in his hull geometry. Just my two cents.


I have no idea whether spiling like this this would be a sacrilegious trespass to traditional Brazzera shipwrights, but unless someone tells me that this definitely would not be done, I will use this same method for my Trabakul when I get around to it. I would appreciate it if people weighed in on this issue. It will not offend me if I am called on my approach.


Some pictures are with mineral spirits so that I could spot excess glue. A couple of pictures show the notches in the planks at the bow before and after planking. There are actually two but they don't seem to both show up in the pictures.


Best, Ian
















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Thanks for all the likes everyone and thank you for your comments Don. I am always grateful for your sage advice. I wonder whether the physics of bending and twisting a real plank and hence the need to spile or not is directly comparable to small scale models. I've always wondered whether it would be easier to bend and twist a real plank. Maybe it's the other way around?


best, ian 



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