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Ship's Lifeboat by Pete Hay - Model Shipways


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Here I go with my first build log. I am hoping that this little $9 POF kit will help me get my feet wet with planking. I've had trouble deciphering the instruction sheet and have complained about the poor quality photos included. I sent a copy of the instructions to MSW member Mahuna and he got me started. I am creating this log on my iPad so I hope the photos are OK.

Here we go...

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I seem to have solved the upside down image problem and can now proceed. The original images are the kit "in the bag", an attempt to show the small size of the pieces, and a shot of the keel, transom, bow, and strip wood all stained with Minwax Jacobean stain. Let's hope I have better luck formatting my next post.

Pete

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AH man, and I just made an order to ME that already has been shipped.

 

They have this little bugger for $2.25 with the code RAIN13. I'd of definitely added this to my order if I've known that, maybe a few at that price.

cool little POF pete, can't wait to see how it turns out.

 

http://www.modelexpo-online.com/product.asp?ITEMNO=MS0108

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The next step is to create the four main ribs by bending and attaching to the numbered forms. The instructions say you can soak the 1/16" strips in water for 15 minutes and they will be pliable enough to make the curve. My attempts at this just ended up with a lot of crimped wood.

I resorted to the Midwest procedure of adding ammonia to the soaking water. I then used tiny clothes pins and medicine bottle caps to form the half circle. This was much better.

Pete

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Nice job Pete.

Its interesting how this kit has the ribs placed on top of the formers. My peterboro was built similarly and the ribs were installed after the canoe was removed from the formers. This made you be careful not to glue planks to the formers. I like this design better, where you can glue directly to the frames.

 

she may be small but this is still a fascinating build. I wish I knew ME had these when I made my order. Maybe next round though.

thanks for sharing

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Keith,

There are (a bunch of) intermediate frames that are glued in after removal from the former jig.

BTW - After watching your Swift build, I hope to enlist your help when I get to the actual planking.

Pete

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Any questions you have I'd be more then happy to answer, if I'm able. My knowledge is small, but I'll pass it on just as those that have helped me.

 

I was showing Tammy your build log tonight and now she wants to build one. We may be luring her to the dark side :D.

Actually she trained under a plastic surgeon and can tie better then most Doc's. I enjoy planking and the wood stuff and I can see that glint in her eyes when she looks at rigging. I just had her checking out Gil's amazing Vicky and you should of saw her. She also does chain maille jewelry so she likes that small tedious detail work.

 

I definitely used 2 different techniques on the peterboro vs the Swift. The canoe was all CA glued and the Swift nearly all PVA. Using PVA requires more time and working but the results are better. The Swift allowed me to plank without stealers,which made the planking abit more difficult, as did using full length planks but it was more an excercise then anything. Could I do it and achieve satisfactory results.

 

I started on these small ships to give me experience and I'm finding I'm beginning to love them as much as the tall ships. They make great side progects, I know Sarah used the peterboro to get away from that dinky Harriet Lane for a break.

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Playing with some false battens to try and get feel for the plank shapes. The framework is very fragile once you start sticking pins in it. The ribs started as 1/16th square but after fairing they are a bit smaller in places.

I originally bought this kit for planking practice before I started my AL Virginia 1819 sloop but I might need to go the other way and plank the Virginia as practice for the lifeboat.

Pete

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