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Gloucester Fishing Schooner by Alfons - Blue Jacket - scale 1:48


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Hi all.

This project, beeing my first build, was started in september 2011. Having thought about building a wooden ship for many years i finally got around and ordered my Schooner from Blue Jacket in the US.

 

In MSW 1.0 I maintained a build log since day 1, sadly, all the information were lost during the crash. However, all of the pictures are still on my hard drive. In below posts I have added all the pictures in somewhat of an order, this post contains the pictues of the current status of the build.

 

The Blu Jacket kit is of excellent quality, containing a solid hull and a small box of britannia castings. There are no laser cut wooden parts, all parts are built from profiles and sheets. The instructions are thorough and contains a number of hand drawn sketches, and also a number of pictures of the prototype build by Blue Jacket. The length of the finished model will be about 33¨, and I plan to make my own glass (or similar) display case. There will be no sails, but a full running rig.

 

I really enjoy my new hobby, and starting a build log at MSW has been extremely helpful and encouraging. 

 

Thanks for looking in, and I hope you will follow my progress along the way.

 

/Alfons

 

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Thanks Ricky.

 

Tim.
 
Regarding the rudder assembly, see pictures below.
 
I attached both the rudder stock and the rudder to the stern post. I guess this is not the proper way to do it, but the result came out well and I am happy. However, the rudder is glued solid and will not be able to swing.

 

Please note that I forgot to cut the small slots above the rudder hinges, not allowing for the rudder to come off during overhaul. 
 
/Alfons

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Alfons,

 

Superb.  I'm so glad you've begun your log again.  I'm just finishing the monkey rail on my schooner and I've come to your log for reference numerous times.  What a crisp, sharp model you've built.

 

Cheers,

 

Elia

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Time for a small update, just to let you know I am alive  :)

 

Thanks for the kind words, it good to be back.

 

I am making slow progress with the seine dory, next step is finishing the main rail.

 

Thanks for dropping by.

/Alfons

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Thanks for your kind words.

 

Tim. About the Blue Jacket kit. Not having buit to many kits (yet), I dont have to much to compare with. The quality of the supplied wood are good but most of the castings (very few) are out of shape, but reasonable OK after some modifications. There are three sheets of drawings, with a few detailed views included. On numerous occasions, I have had to estimate detailed dimensions due to missing information. There are no pre-cut wooden parts (except for the roughly shaped hull), everything else is built from scratch.

 

Instructions are quite thourough, but illustrations are in my opinion rather poor, mostly due to the fact that pictures are drawn by hand. 

 

As an overall impression, I wouldnt recomend the Smuggler kit as a first build. Never the less, I have learnt a lot about ship building technique, and the result so far is satisfactory according to my standards.

 

My next project is the Riva Aquamarine from Amati. I have had the chance to look trough the box contents at my local shop, my impressions is that castings and details are of better quality, and the supplied instructions are much moore thorough. 

 

Thanks for dropping by.

/Alfons

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Alfons,

   I, like so many others are impressed by the crispness of your woodwork. There is an almost total lack of 'fuzzies" about your woodwork. How do you do it?

Also, your deck planks almost appear to have beveled edges. Is this so or is it an illusion? All in all it is very nicely done.

Thanks for sharing.

Ron Franck

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Thanks Ron, Im glad you like my work.

 

As for the woodwork, I am using a very special technique.. no macro photos  ;)

 

Apart from that, high quality wood and a nice set of tools takes me far. I have also learnt to be very careful during painting, not to use too thick paint, but rather many thin layers.

 

The deck in the kit came as sheets of scribed veneer, but I decided to cut the sheets plank by plank. This allowed me to achieve the nibbing and the curvature along the quarter deck, but also to keep the beveled edges intact.

 

/Alfons

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I shall make my own oars for the dory, the ones that came with the kit are far to big and also out of shape.

 

What better to use than tooth picks! Excellent wood quality and roughly the right size.

 

My Dremel served as a vertical lathe, allowing for the right tapering effect. I then glued a pair of wood pieces to each oar. Finally, sanding to the right shape.

 

Much better, furthermore, how many fishing crews are able to enjoy a loverly scent of mint while at sea  :)

 

3 more to go and then priming and painting.

 

Thanks for dropping by.

/Alfons

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Thanks Allan, Michael, Bob, and Russ, I am glad you like my work.

 

There are not to many techniques described in the kit instructions. I am making things up as I go, plus, I am learning loads of stuff from you guys  :)

 

The oars are finished, dory is undergoing final painting.

 

This weekend I will visit my parents up north, this will be nice as always. As a bonus, I will have the opportunity to use my fathers lathe  :) Hopefully I will be able to make the jib boom according to the (rather poor) drawing. I will bring lots of raw material, so a number of attempts are possible..

 

/Alfons

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