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The floorboards are done. I have begin with the center platform which did not pose any particular problems. Little bending and twisting are necessary on some of the laterals boards.


I then built the small tool that will position the other two platforms. I took out the 'legos' of my children to help me get a perfect angle...



The only difficulty encountered was the positioning of the forward platform. Once the measurements were made using the tool, I had trouble positioning correctly the part to stick against the bulkhead 10. Finally, I found a solution using a small stick temporarily glued to the correct height using some protective tape.


I repeated the exercise for the front part of the platform.




I still have to apply some teak oil before to work on the treenails.

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Thanks James and all the likes.

James, building this barge is a great happiness. I'm sure you'll appreciate

I begin to study the phase of laying the interior boards. Not being sure of my work on the fairing of the interior frames, I build a little jig to see if my fairing is ok.

I first traced the positioning of the bench tops on each bulkhead after having reported all the measurements taken from the plan (always using the little tool).



I then photocopied the plan and glued it on a scrap of wood. After having cut the piece with a cutter, I obtained a measuring instrument that allows me to visualize if the bench tops can be positioned correctly.


And the result only confirmed what I doubted: the interior fairing on the bulkheads 9 and 10 is not enough.


I know what I have to do ...


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The process of treenailing is finished. I decided to put two nails between the frames.

I ordered some 10lb black line so that the result is light enough.


I built a jig by gluing two strip of woods leaving a gap of 1mm between the two pieces.


On the opposite side, I then traced, with a well-sharpened pencil, small marks at a distance of 6mm.


Then just put the jig at the bottom of the plank and mark the location to drill using the needle holder. You will have the mark at one millimeter of the bottom edge and spaced 6 mm. To put the treenails I followed the instructions provided by the manual. The size of the drill bit is 0.3mm. Just be sure to use a sharp blade to cut the line.


It took a while because there were a little over 300 treenails to glue... but I am quite satisfied with the result.


Now it's time to work on the moldings and to take out my brushes...


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As I'm working on the second planking on my Armed Virginia Sloop, I'm just thinking of a solution to produce the moldings for the Barge.

As this moldings are found on most ships, I decided to order a set of Micro Shapers from Artesiana Latina. They will be useful very often.

When I received them, I was a little disappointed because no one has the right size... They are all too large for the 1/32" x 3/64" boxwood strips.


I first try to modify one of the scraper but the metal is too hard and my files too big...  The result is disastrous and unusable...


So I solve the problem by an another way and I glue a needle on the back of the Shapers using a two-component epoxy glue.



I fix a boxwood strip on a metal jig using double-sided tape.


and I can use the scraper to create the molding passing several times slightly.


Now that the tool is available, I will finally be able to move forward...







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Small advance of the week. Top molding was glued. All the small interstices between the molding and the cap rail were filled and were sanded using a 320 sheet of sandpaper.







I will now paint the space between the upper and the future lower molding. Its seems easier with only one molding in place. The lower molding will be added once the painting is done.


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Thanks to all the 'Likes'.

I have begin to work on the two benches. I just made a small change in the sequence of the steps.

I preferred to glue the two coxswain seats before to add the bench seat back.

I found that it was easier to fill any gaps on this two seats without the presence of the bench seat back.






I will paint now all the whole back part at the back of the bench seat before to glue it.


Nothing to see with this build log but a good news for me. My son is back home after ten months in the Swiss air force army. He was crew member on super puma helicopter with the rank of sergeant. 

A little photo that I took during the parent's day.  Glad he did his obligatory military service. 😎


Sign that time is passing... I performed my military service more than thirty years ago in the military band.


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Thanks to all the 'Likes'.

Chuck it's a real pleasure to build this barge and I try to do it as well as I can.

Yes, Chuck, I also find it easier to position the seat back with the two coxswain seats in place.


In addition, I was able to use a small wooden piece to glue the seats to the correct height and  in the same angle as the bench tops.

The job paint is in progress...


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The work on the bench seat back is done. I continued the painting work by applying many thin layers of paint.


The risers have also been installed and the forward platform added.



I will add now the stretchers. I must first place on each side a long thin timber.

To find the right position and especially to be able to give these two timbers the good shape, I prepare a jig.



After photocopying the plan and establishing the complete floor situation, I determined the position of the timbers at six locations. I hope to be able to preform the two timbers using this jig... It will be for tomorrow, once the glue dries...



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Paint looks really nice and I like that slightly darker color.  Was wondering what type of paint that is? 

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Thanks Michael and all the 'Likes'

Michael, for the paint, I use Vallejo Model air color and Winsor&Newton Galeria Acrylic.

It's a little complicate but as I started with this recipe, I follow it at each step of painting :

(From right to left on the picture)


Two coats of Vallejo Surface Primer (mix of 70 605 German Red Brown and 70 624 Pure red) ratio 50/50

One coat of Vallero Model Air 71.084 Fire Red mixed with Game ink 72 086 (ratio 50/50)

Then three coats of Windsor&Newton Crimson with a little part of Burnt Umber

and at the end three or four coats of Vallejo 71.084 Fire Red mixed with 71.003 Red (ratio 50/50)

When possible, I apply the Vallejo layers using an airbrush.

I think it's the Fire Red that gives the slightly darker color...




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The stretchers are in place.

I first bend the two long thin timbers using the jig that I have build. Two minutes in hot water and the I fixed them on the jig using rubber bands.



After a few hours, they kept their shape.
This way of doing things facilitated the final positioning




I can now add the thwarts...

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Three months already... As I'm rather focused on my Armed Virginia Sloop, progress on the Queen barge is rather slow 😉

But I continue to advance when I get tired from the A.V.S build.

So I worked on the thwarts.  I first prepared all the pieces and made a test fit. Each piece was then numbered when I disassembled them for painting.


I pasted them on a double sided tape so I can paint all the thwarts together.


I then glued the pieces one after the other.



I will now finish the inside planking.

Always so much pleasure with this build. Just that the advancement is not as fast as I would like...


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That looks great, spraying the thwarts in advance is a good idea. I wish, I had done that with my barge. Are you going for gildet ornaments or leave them wooden?

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I hope you didn't forget the mast-step (flag-pole step ??), Jean-Paul. I haven't seen it mentioned in my instructions so far (I'm about two or three steps behind you, currently), but I saw it marked on the plans, so I installed it when doing the stretchers.

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Thanks for the 'Likes'

Beckmann, I will probably leave the panels and the ornaments in natural wood. But I have not really decided yet.

CaptainSteve I forgot this step. 😐 In fact, in the instruction manual, we only talk about this piece when we pose the flag. I hope it will be not too difficult.


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A little update on my build log. I finished the inside planking.

For the shorter curved piece at the bow, I replicated it on a cardboard so I could cut it to the right length.



I then curve it in shape and before gluing it I marked its height wit a compass. I finally sanded it to the right width using an emery board before gluing.


All the spaces are filled with wood filler and sanded smooth.



I'm ready for the last stage of painting...


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Thanks Chuck and all the 'Likes'.

Chuck, Your Barge is a real dream to build. All the elements fits perfectly and Your instruction manual is clear and precise ! An example to follow 😉


I finished my last big stage of painting. But before doing it, I glued all the thole pins. I don't like to glue painted elements...



Do not be surprised by the space between the two inside planking : as the future boxwood panels will be positioned on top of the thwarts, this small gap will finally hidden by them. I also placed the seal between the two parts of the lower molding at the future emplacement of a resin casting. Just hope that my calculations are correct...

I was a little afraid of the border between the cap rail and the upper molding. But after a little sanding  using a fine-grit sandpaper I'm pretty satisfied with the final result.





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Thanks to all who follow the progress of my build.

Since yesterday was Holy Friday and I was on leave, I was able to advance on the laying of the boxwood panels.

For the 20 small side panels, no particular problem, they position themselves on top of the thwarts.


At the stern, I photocopied the plan and cut out the useful parts to precisely determine the position of the panels.



A piece of wood of the right height quickly shaped will help to install the panels.




Time to add the paper friezes.


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Thank you for your kind comments and for all the 'Likes'.


Vossiewulf, help I got and I still have some. Just read the beautiful build logs found in this forum and you will always find a solution. 😉

Your log on the Lady Nelson is an example in this area and I'm attentive to it. Great source of inspiration and motivation. 😊


Pat, Chuck did a great job on this kit and this greatly facilitates the job.


I finished laying the paper friezes.



I just built quickly some jigs using the inner shape of the panels. A small hole, a toothpick, a little sanding stroke once the assembly done and we have a help to cut the rounded shapes of the friezes and to ensure they are well in place once glued.



Time to work on the last details at the bow.

I take this opportunity to wish happy Easter to everyone !



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