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This Build log is being copied from another forum  it was actually started three weeks ago.
I am actually a little embarrassed to even put this here after reviewing all of the beautiful workmanship on this site. But we all have to start somewhere even at 60 yrs old. So here goes.
This will be a log of my first complete build of a wooden boat kit. Like many people I have made many attempts over the years to build one of these to completion only to get half way through and run out of patience or just have life get in the way. Now that I am sixty years old I seem to have developed the patience for this sort of thing and my only daughter is all grown up, married and has blessed my wife and I with our first grand daughter so I am promising myself that this one will get finished no matter what. Also with the internet it is so much easier to reach out to people of like mind and skills and draw on their experience to solve problems that would have previously stopped me in my tracks.

I recently came by this kit locally on Craig's list for thirty bucks so I figured what the heck. The same fellow had an 1/75 AL Bluenose for $75.00 I should have grabbed it too I suppose.

The box was a bit mildewed (not unusual in Florida) but the kit is complete. I actually got a head start so let me bring you up to date day by day.


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I opened and examined the kit. After laying out the full sized plan on my build board I sat down to read through the rather lengthy instruction book TWICE! (that was always one of my downfalls in previous build attempts).

After reading the instructions, I sanded both sides of the sheets containing the keel and ribs with 400grit sand paper. Once the "fuzzies" were gone I removed the parts from the sheets and trim sanded the edges with 400 grit sand paper. Finding enough fingers and clamps to hold the ribs in place and square was a real challenge but using the trick in the instruction book to cut off a corner of the keel sheet and using it for a small square really helped. By notching the back side of it I was able to clamp it in place freeing up one hand to do the actual gluing. I used thin CA while holding the parts in place.



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After sanding the sheet containing the deck it was removed and trim sanded as with the other parts and glued in place. The chines were installed and trimmed flush at F1 and the transom. The deck edge was sanded flush with the ribs and the leading edge of the keel was beveled as in the instructions.

That was when I noticed the "warp" in the deck on the starboard side at F1. Even though I thought that all the ribs were lined up perfectly, obviously F1 was off by a smidge. Oh well we will deal with that tomorrow.








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Well I decided I could not live with the warp and I am afraid that trying to sand it out would leave the deck too thin besides blowing through the first layer of the plywood. So I decided to make a kerf cut with my razor saw at the glue line between the deck and F1. Then reglue it using some medium CA and what do you know it seems to have worked.

One thing I forgot to mention is that even though I am 60 I still work a regular job every day so my building time is limited to a couple of hours in the evening during the week and after my honey do's are done on weekends. So if progress seems slow it is that and the fact that I am being overly careful.






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I thought it would make things a little easier if I could form the side panels a little prior to gluing them in place. I sprayed the first one with 50/50 ammonia and water as in the instructions then clamped it to the hull until it was dry. I thought I would get more curve than this but I think any little bit will help in the actual glue up. I folded up some paper towels in order to prevent the clamps from leaving marks in the soft (really soft) balsa sides but it did not help. Fortunately the side panels are quite a bit over sized so it should not be a problem.



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I have to admit I was a bit nervous at this stage. But I seem to have done ok. As per the instructions the starboard side sheet is glued to the deck, the chine, F3 and F4. Once I had it in place and bent correctly I did not want to let it go but I finally did and it seems to be holding. I am going to wait a while and let it dry some before continuing.



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The first side panel is on and trimmed. One down three more to go. Now I am not quite sure how to proceed and the instructions are not clear. Do I trim the bow seam in the side panel on the centerline running fore and aft or at an angle to the centerline following the shape of the opposite side so that the port side panel overlaps the stbd side. Not sure if that is explained clear enough.


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After a couple of false starts and a quick trip to the LHS for a sheet of 1/16" balsa I finally got it figured out. The sheeting is on and trimmed and sanded down to 400 grit. I got started on the mast and booms, all the holes are drilled and will begin shaping them tomorrow. Also started on the inside deck and seat slats. The instructions called for laying out the seams with pencil then staining. That just did not seem good enough to me so I decided to mark them then make a kerf cut with my razor saw. After I stain them tomorrow I will run the saw down the cuts again prior to sealing them.

I thought being my fist build I would try a few things to see some different effects.






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I decided that not only would this be a learning and experimental experience but also an opportunity to clean out the shed a little. I have some stain and oil based poly left over from when I built my new kitchen cabinets a while back I think I will try it out here. I have used the oil based poly on my RC sailboats over the years to water proof the radio boxes and other exposed balsa and basswood components so I know that will not be a problem. Not so sure about the stain.

I started out today staining the floor and seat boards. The kit plywood did not stain as well as I had hoped. I really soaked it too. It did nicely highlight the saw cuts I made though it also raised the grain as expected so some light sanding to do yet.

Then I turned to the hull I wanted to give the balsa skin a couple of coats of poly in order to 1) raise the grain for final sanding 2) To toughen it up a bit. It is going to be handled quite a bit during assembly so I thought I could at least minimize the dings and rub/nail marks. I did not put any on the deck surface as there is still some finishing details before that is ready. Two coats inside and out and it looks pretty good.

While literally waiting for paint to dry I tried my hand at some small wood shaping and trim making details. First up was the rudder and tiller, shaping the tiller was kind of neat, the rudder itself was pretty straight forward as per the instructions.

Next was the jib club. Drilled sand shaped the wood. Trimmed the flashing ( I realize that this was supposed to represent stropping but the blocks are already over sized and ti was so inconsistent I thought it looked better) off of the tiny blocks and formed all the brass eyelets. A lot of fun and it turned out fairly nice I think.

Finally a coat of poly on the rudder, tiller and jib club and that should do it for today.





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Well it looks like I will be busy putting up hurricane shutters and prepping for a pretty big blow to arrive next weekend. The forecast tracks have Irma pretty much coming right up my street. So I don't expect much progress for the next few days at least. Good Luck to anyone else that might be in its path.

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We just got power back after the storm so I hope be able to get the hobby room back in order and get back to work soon. It was full of patio furniture up until yesterday. Lol

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Well at last some progress to report. Started shaping the mast and main boom tonight and realized how much I hated the kit idea of a piece of wire for a spreader with the shrouds just glued to the ends. I thought I could do better so here are my results.

I had a strip of 1/16x1/4 basswood laying around so I cut a piece 2" long the same size as the wire spreader. Gave it a fore to aft swept shape. Then drilled a 1/32 hole in each end and sanded it with 400 grit to knock the edges off. Then using my razor saw and a flat edge cutting jewelers file I very carefully did I mention VERY carefully cut a slot a little over half way through the mast at the location specified for the spreader. Then it was a simple matter of gluing tab A into slot B.

I think it gives it a little more character if not at least a unique look.



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After quitting for the night last night I came to the conclusion that I could not replace the spreader and leave the wire jumper strut. So first thing this morning I got started making and installing a new jumper strut out of the same 1/16x1/4 basswood.

Then I tried my hand at some more tiny metal work. My sausage fingers are not really meant for this kind of stuff but I managed.

Then I got started on the mahogany trim. That is were I started to notice that the same CA glue I have been using throughout the entire build seems to have no effect when gluing Mahogany to mahogany. Mahogany to basswood no problem. I have tried sanding and wiping down with isopropyl alcohol still no deal. I have tested the glue on other materials and it works so I can rule that out. The spot I am working on is kind of an awkward glue up so it is especially frustrating to get everything in position then hold it there for a minute or so only to have the glue laugh at me.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? Obviously there is a solution could someone please let a rookie in on the secret?






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Well after getting all schooled up on CA and Accelerator I got back to work and got the front end joint on the coaming all buttoned up. Then I turned my attention to the rest of the mahogany trim work.

Then I got to the step that I hated from the first time I read the instruction. Applying the kit supplied toe rail. I did not like this for a couple of reasons. 1) I just knew I was going to mess up the glue up of such a tiny piece of trim and 2) I hated the fact that after applying all the nice mahogany trim pieces, that now they wanted me to paint and apply this little 1/32x1/32 strip of balsa.

So I decided to use a little of the scrap mahogany to make my own toe rail. There was plenty left over to cut a bunch of 1/32x1/16 strips about 6" long. and the fact that the glue takes much longer to cure on the mahogany actually worked to my advantage with problem 1.

All trimmed and ready for the layout and drilling of a few holes on the deck then final sanding and finish.





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Not much progress tonight. Drilled a bunch of holes in the deck for mounting hardware. Did some final sanding on the deck and hull. Made up the travelers fore and aft. I had a bunch of brass wire left over so I decided to make up some really basic pintles and gudgeons for mounting the rudder instead of just gluing it on like the instructions call for.

I went back over the instructions and remembered I had skipped making the seat supports earlier so I made them up and that is about it for tonight.

Stain and more Poly tomorrow.



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A little more staining tonight. Then I turned my attention to the turnbuckles.

The Instructions would simply have you bend a 1-1/2" piece of thin brass wire in half. Push it through a small piece of brass tube . Open the loop in the folded end then glue the other free ends into a hole in the deck. In my opinion making the turnbuckles look as if they have taken too much Viagra.

I decided to try to make them appear to be what they are supposed to represent. I started with a 1" piece of thin brass wire. I wrapped this around a thin strip of wood 1/2" wide. Then I pinched one end almost completely flat. This end I pushed through the piece of brass tubing. Using the pointy end of my compass (it seemed about the right size) I opened up the loops on both ends. In about a half an hour I had 6 little turnbuckles ready to go.




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Well finally got the first coat of poly on the top side deck and trim. Two coats on the mast and booms. I really hate sitting around waiting for paint to dry but don't want to rush it at this stage. I was very pleased to see how the poly evened out the color on the mahogany where the thin CA had soaked in.

The kit supplies two different spools of rigging line. One very heavy black braided thread and one thinner brown twisted thread. I am guessing that the black would be for the standing rigging and the brown is for the running rigging even though the instructions don't specify. Searching the internet for pics of completed models I could not find any that used the black thread at all. I was thinking of getting a spool of heavy silver thread to use on the standing rigging. Something that looks more like the stainless wire rope we use on out RC yachts.

This is where I discovered and joined MSW so from now on I will update as the build progresses.




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Thank You.


Once again waiting for paint to dry. In the mean time I did all the rigging I could on the mast and booms prior to stepping which I am hoping will happen tomorrow. I still have not settled on a display stand design I guess I had better get on that I will need it soon.


I also have to start thinking about a second build. Any recommendations?


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Well, after a slight mishap instead of stepping the mast I am back to waiting for paint to dry. I read in another build log that you should always show the bad along with the good so in that vein I offer the following.

In preparation for installing the mast I was clearing the finish out of the holes for mounting the deck hardware. As you can see in the photo below that it did not go so well. apparently one of the holes was not quite as deep as I thought.

I did manage to get all of the hardware installed along with the seats and cockpit deck. I also affected the necessary repairs. I tried to feather in a small area of new poly. Hopefully it will look all right tomorrow so I can try to get the mast installed.

I will also take greater care when working with sharp objects around my boat from now on.







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Some real progress to report tonight.

Hooray we have a mast.

I managed to get the mast in along with all the standing and Jib rigging. I just decided to use the kit supplied line for all the rigging. However after looking at the close up pics and doing a little research I guess that I should have used some bee's wax on the line to get rid of the fuzzies is that right? It does not mention that in the instructions.

Do you think it will be possible to apply it after the fact?


Finally a mast

The mast is finally in.




Yes I whipped all the standing rigging.



Standing rigging complete.







Almost two blocked but not quite.



That blob of glue on the traveler is rather annoying in the close up pictures but I can hardly see it when just looking at it.

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Let me start out by saying that not only am I new to this wonderful hobby but also to forums in general and build logs in particular. As such I am not familiar with forum etiquette when it comes to acknowledging all those who have taken the time to post likes to this thread. I do appreciate all the encouragement and support, thanks to all of you. I would ask only that you forgive my apparent rudeness and please write it off to an old mans ignorance.


Now back to work.

Not much accomplished tonight but the little that I did wore me out.

Finished the last of the rigging. Then tried my hand at making and belaying a couple of coils of rope. Wow that will test your nerves as well as your commitment to finishing a build. But I muddled through and had some minor success anyway.

Still not sure how to treat the end of the main and jib sheets. Should they just be coiled on the deck?


On a different note. Since this build is winding down I am thinking of making a road trip down to model ship ways on Friday to grab my next build. If there is anyone in the area who wants to join me or if I can relay a message or pick up any small items please let me know.



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All that was left for tonight was to coil the ends of the main and jib sheets and hang them on their respective cleats.

Then using some of the leftover 1/32 x 1/16 mahogany strips I cut for the toe rail, I made an escutcheon plate (I am sure there is a nautical term for it) for the base of the mast. The hole in the deck was quite oversized as you can see in some of the earlier pics. I thought it would give it more of a finished look.

I think I am done with the actual boat, now I need to build a stand. I really hate the kit supplied one. I have an idea in mind I will start on that tomorrow night.







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That is a very nice, clean and tidy build indeed!!


Wot's next?



Completed Builds:


A/L Bluenose II

A/L Mare Nostrum

Sergal/Mantua Cutty Sark

A/L Pen Duick

A/L Fulgaro

Amati/Partworks 1/200 Bismarck

A/L Sanson

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Thanks for the kind word guys and all the likes I have received on this thread.


I got started on my display stand today. I am still not sure how it is going to turn out. But I thought I would update you on my progress.

I did a google search for boat yard jack stands and came up with a couple of ideas I thought were not only doable but would also create a not your run of the mill display.


I started by using the piece of scrap that once held the deck to scribe a line that approximated the outline of the hull. I then marked a center line and three radial lines that looked like they would end up about perpendicular to the deck edge. No calculators or protractors just by eyeball.



After a few adjustments I started with the center beam and worked my way out to the tee bars on the ends. Again no real effort to scale any thing although I did try to keep the size of the lumber as close to scale as my wood pile allowed. Just trying to approximate the pictures.


Once I had the base done I cut, clamped and sanded the pad plates using 1/32 balsa. I made a couple extra just in case.



Then I started making the main uprights in pairs starting with the center two.




Once I had them done I moved to the bow and then to the stern. All the time checking to make sure that all the pads maintained contact with the hull. Once again no real measuring just cut the beams over sized and trim them down and angle them till they matched the image in my head.



A little light sanding at this stage I want it to look rough and weathered when I am done so not too much. Then start the bracing with slightly smaller lumber.


One complete five to go. Since I am still not sure what I am going to build next this might turn into some kind of boatyard diorama.



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