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Charles W. Morgan by ragove - Model Shipways - 1/64th scale

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At long last I have started my CWM. This kit has been in my stash for quite some time.  I saw no point in photographing the kit contents as there are quite a few Morgan build logs showing the parts.  I will note that, contrary to the instructions, the center keel was a single laser cut piece, not 2 pieces. I do not know if this is still the case, but it makes for an easier start to the build. The photo shows my building slip set up to start test-fitting the bulkheads.

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Work on the Morgan has been slow. I am taking my time making sure that each bulkhead aligns to the reference marks and is square to the keel. I am letting the glue set at least overnight before moving on. I have found that shaping the bevels is so much easier with solid wood bulkheads.  Beveling plywood is a pain.

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Finished the bulkheads and, following the building instructions, attached temporary battens along the bulkheads verifying that the spacing was identical port and starboard. I did this by cutting spacers that would just fit between bulkheads at the center keel and then used them to properly space the outside.  Only tiny adjustments were necessary because I had been very careful to square up the bulkheads as I glued them in place.

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I have shaped the counter block and started the transom framing. I made a quick jig, not in picture, to hold the frame piece at the correct angle until the glue dried. I will trim the frame pieces to length when they are all in place.  I found the counter block was very difficult to get right.  There are a lot of angles and bevels.  In fact, I messed one up and had to start again. 

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The bow and stern blocks are in and mostly shaped. They still need a bit more shaping, but i will wait until I confirm how the planks will lay down before I take any more wood off.

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Wow almost 2 months since my last post.  Been busy with other projects but I also had a VERY difficult time with the sheer rail at the bow.  The laser cut pieces were constantly breaking.  Every time i tried to work near the bow my hand would slip or I'd put too much pressure on something and snap, the rail would break along the grain.  i think every layer of grain now has been glued together. Finally got it in and inserted the bulwarks; also a difficult task getting them all aligned.  I couldn't figure out how to feather the waterway into the ceiling planks without the ceiling planks in place. So I modified the build order and laid a few ceiling planks and this provided a reference to feather the waterway. As one can see in the photo, more sanding is needed for a smooth transition. The Morgan will go on a 10 week hiatus as my wife and i are traveling up to the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Specifically, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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I had put the Morgan aside to focus on finishing the Granado. Now that she is done I got back to work on the Morgan.

in the photo you can see how I shaped the log rail by soaking it in water and the clamping it against the plank shear in order to get the proper curve.

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Planking is now underway.  I had a bad time with the bow as the plank shear broke into many pieces during earlier stages of the build. I patched it up as best I could and continued.  However, once i started planking I could see that my repairs we not good.  The port and starboard sides were quite asymmetrical. I had to rip out all of the planking around the bow, repair the asymmetry and start planking again again.  Looks much better at the bows now.  A bit of filling and sanding to do still. Ready to start the planks below the wale.

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Looking good.  For the planksheer, I believe I sanded it flat with the first planking.  For the second planking, I’m using a thicker plank.  It seemed impossible to keep planksheer extended past the hull an even amount along the full hull. 

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You're coming along pretty well. I had quite a bit of trouble with the plankshear on my CWM too, not so much it breaking, but rather I couldn't seem to maintain a consistent projection from the hull for the length of the ship. If you're unhappy with the look of your plankshear, I would echo Landlubber Mike's suggestion to sand it smooth with the hull and then apply a new piece over top. That's what I did as well. It gave a very crisp look and it's a very easy fix.

David

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Just echoing what David said, I would sand it flat and then add the plankshear extension to the hull as a separate piece.  Otherwise I think it will be next to impossible to maintain a consistent extension along the hull.  

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Thanks for the advice. I had pretty much decided to sand the plankshear down and put on a piece of strip wood.  I tried just building up the low sections with smaller lengths but it looks messy. Better to sand it all out and add a new piece.

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The wale is also a problem. It is not consistently proud of the upper planks.  Probably can fix this with very careful sanding. 

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