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Barque Stefano by Heronguy - MarisStella - 1:63

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The bulwark went on without much trouble.  The holding jigs  worked well enough.  If I were to repeat this I would have used a harderer wood for the jigs since the roasted poplar I had lying around split under minor pressure and had to be glued back together a couple of times.  When it came to clamping near the bow and stern (where the rails curve) I cut the jigs so that they were not as long and could follow the curve better.

 

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I'm enjoying watching this build, as I believe that this is one of the truly top-shelf kits available in today's marketplace. It's a kit I would love to build if I had the money (strike one!), space (strike two!), and patience (strike three!). 🙂

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I agree with you Chris.  The kit design seems well thought out and the kit contents are really good.  I must admit I was attracted to the overall size of the Stefano  from a build perspective without giving thought to the size from a display perspective.  One might assume it will be on the bench so long that it won’t be my problem to arrange display.  As a relative newcomer to modelling I’m not sure I’ll give it its proper due but I’m enjoying the process.

 

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Current task is to install the chainplates.  On this kit the chainplates are simulated by PE strips attached to the exterior hull but not all the way through the rails.  Eyebolts will be inserted on the rails to complete the appearance of chainplates.

 

Copying the position of the chainplates from the plans made it straightforward to position the PE strips.  

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The foremast chainplates

 

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The coppering is going to be a long term project.  I expect to get perhaps 10-20  plates per hour.  I am using CA glue despite my general dislike of the substance.  

 

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This is a pretty big hull.  Makes me glad the Winchelsea won't be coppered!!

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13 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

what did you use to anchor the dead eyes?

The kit instructions simply suggest attaching a small eye pin with the twisted wire holding the deadeye. The stem of the eye pin is inserted into a drilled hole in the rail and affixed with glue.  Once again I had to use CA to bond the wire to the wood. (The chainplates mounted on the hull are not connected to the deadeye - just simulating the practice on the actual ship) I’ve “tested” each one with a good tug to see if they may hold when under tension from shrouds and don’t expect too many challenges there!  A long time from now at the current rate!!! 

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