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Continental Gunboat Philadelphia by Elijah - Model Shipways - 1:24 Scale -

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Hello all! Thank you Bob and Dave for the kind words. This has obviously been a very strange year. Earlier, I was hard pressed to find much time for building, but with the current lockdown I have gotten the shipyard running yet again. Most recently I have just finished cleaning up the cap rails. From here, I'm not entirely sure what I will do next. I think it may finally be time to confront what I have been avoiding for a long time......... staining day :(. Wish me luck. I've got an airbrush to apply it with, so we'll see how it goes. In any case, I'm glad to be back and I look forward to building the rest of this ship alongside your much appreciated guidance! Here are a couple photos of the cap rail dry fit. It's going to be a challenge to glue it on while keeping the run looking right. Also, I've noticed that some of the holes for components above the cap rail overlap with some of the bulkheads. I hope that doesn't become a problem....


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Well, it looks like today was staining day! It was kind of on a whim, but I think it went pretty well. The only other structural wood components that will have to be stained after this are the sweeps and supports for the awning structure. I'm not sure I have quite enough stain to do that, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Until then, I've got plenty to do. Here are the many different wooden parts that were stained today. 


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Glad to see you are back at it. Your gunboat is exquisite.


The staining looks spot on. I get nervous when I apply any finishes since a lot of hard work can be ruined in short order. You have met the challenge. I will follow along if you don't mind.

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Catastrophe!!! :( I had the clever idea to install the cap rail on the reverse sides, that way the laser cut holes would be cleaner, and the joints would be less prominent. In doing so, I forgot that the cap rail pieces are actually, in fact, not symetrical!! :default_wallbash: So far, this is the greatest blunder of my modeling career. Luckily, I do have some isopropyl alcohol, so as long as I'm careful, I hope I can remove the necessary piece and clean it up to my satisfaction. Wish me luck, this may prove difficult. :unsure:




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I recommend this kit for anyone who wants to learn how to build a wooden ship model. And be able to complete your first build! There are two books on it,which I used to add details along with photos of the real one at the Smithsonian .

 Here's mine that I built back in 2014. I placed 1st in our IPMS Spring Show for Non Powered Sailing Ships. I had planed  to enter it in the Seattle Spring Show this April , but that Show was canceled due to Covid19. Maybe next year. 


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I have successfully removed the cap rail piece, and now it’s just cleanup. Then I will have to make the tone match that of the other cap rail pieces, as the underside is slightly off. These two longest pieces are the only asymmetrical ones, so I can follow my original plan with the rest. I’m glad I caught this when I did though, this could have been a lot harder...


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