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USS Kearsarge by rtibbs2018 - Bluejacket Shipcrafters - Scale 1:96 - First ship build


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Well, I've been lurking around here too long. It's time to start my first ship build. As I stated in the introductions post I looked at several kits and decided on the USS Kearsarge.

Haven't found many build logs on the Kearsarge so I might as well start with the requisite box contents picture.

I ordered the paint kit to go with it and forgot the copper so I ordered it separately.

This won't be a quick build. 5Plaque.thumb.jpg.6be757e966daa14390ca13882527f36d.jpgopefully, it Hopefully it will end in a completed model though and not in the lost builds file :(

Thought the included Brass plaque was a nice touch. 

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To edit a post, just click the "Edit" button at the bottom.

 

To add pictures, use "Chose Files" button.   Upload your pictures and then set the cursor where you want photo.  Click the almost invisible "Add" button on the left side of the thumbnail.  "Rinse and repeat" so to speak.

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Hi rtibbs2018 , You have inspired me to build another ship. So I ordered kit #50. My last build was the USS Constitution by BlueJacket. I swore I would never build another 1/96 scale ship but here I am again a couple years older but none wiser. Seems like ship building is in my blood. I will be following your build. Just as soon as I figure out how to follow a build log. This looks like a beauty.

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43 minutes ago, CPS_skybolt said:

Hi rtibbs2018 , You have inspired me to build another ship. So I ordered kit #50. My last build was the USS Constitution by BlueJacket. I swore I would never build another 1/96 scale ship but here I am again a couple years older but none wiser. Seems like ship building is in my blood. I will be following your build. Just as soon as I figure out how to follow a build log. This looks like a beauty.

 

Welcome skybolt,

We can commiserate together  :(

 

Ron 

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They give the option to construct the hull with a reveal which shows chain placed at strategic locations within the hull for additional protection from cannon shot. I elected to build it without the reveal. Something about seeing a hull with a hole in it's side didn't appeal to me.

I'm also including some balsa triangles to add additional support to the bulkheads in case "heavy hands" gets carried away in the fairing of the bulkheads.

 

Starboard bulkheads being glued in place.

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Port side bulkheads

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Support cradle to keep everything aligned

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All bulkheads in place with balsa triangles in addition to the basswood pieces supplied with the kit

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Ready for the false deck

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Dry fitting

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Deck gluing

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Dry fitting of bow and stern jigs for planking

 

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Now it's time to cut and fit bow and stern filler blocks.

 

Sure is good to get back to building. Almost forgot how nice it is to chew CA from ones fingers.:D

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On 7/20/2018 at 8:25 AM, rtibbs2018 said:

This won't be a quick build.

Well I guess that you better slow down then.  At the rate you're going you should be done with all four of your ships by next summer!:D  It looks like you have all the tools and the shop to "get er done" as they say at Home Depot.

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On ‎7‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 4:53 PM, BETAQDAVE said:

Well I guess that you better slow down then.  At the rate you're going you should be done with all four of your ships by next summer!:D  It looks like you have all the tools and the shop to "get er done" as they say at Home Depot.

I’m closing in on the planking stage. May not see another post for six months :o

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The balsa support triangles ideal must have come from model aircraft construction. I always put them everywhere in aircraft models. Never thought of using them in ship construction. Great ideal. To support the finished model I glue pieces of hardwood inside on either side of the keel where the Pedestals screws go through.  You have given me ideals on purchasing some new tools prior to my next build. I'll be watching.

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Had to take a break from building and throw together a smaller building board which will allow me to get to both sides for fairing/planking without having to bend over to reach the other side of the hull.

Directions call for the bulkhead extensions to be adhered (glued) to the building board then sawed off after planking. My method is to use magnets instead of glue.

Never have been accused of taking the easy way out. 🙃

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Filler blocks roughed in and glued in place

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All mounted and ready for the "fun" to begin

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Thankfully I have a nice selection of PermaGrit shapes and sanding bars

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Filler blocks sanded and most of the fairing is complete

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Now I need to build some "soaking" tubes for my planking. I have used wallpaper wetting trays in the past for planking aircraft however I need something a little smaller for these planks. Also they tend to float in the larger tray.

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Ron, When you get to the " sally port " ( personnel passage way on and off the ship, one on each side of the ship ). The instructions call for LK28D. I can not find this part, it does not exist in my kit. The instructions and plans are confusing reference number wise. The reference photo is wrong and instructions are confusing as far as numbered parts.  By looking at the plans I made the parts out of spare wood as they are simple to make.

 

Bob

 

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49 minutes ago, CPS_skybolt said:

Ron, When you get to the " sally port " ( personnel passage way on and off the ship, one on each side of the ship ). The instructions call for LK28D. I can not find this part, it does not exist in my kit. The instructions and plans are confusing reference number wise. The reference photo is wrong and instructions are confusing as far as numbered parts.  By looking at the plans I made the parts out of spare wood as they are simple to make.

 

Bob

 

Thanks for the heads up. Not there as yet but will make a note of it

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Well, its been a few weeks since my last post and I began planking the hull. I have the lower hull planked and will finish the bulwarks next.

I'm sure I've violated most all of the conventions used by you master builders when it comes to planking. Planking is a tedious process which I actually enjoyed. :omg: It is a lot easier planking a model aircraft as balsa forms much easier than Limewood. But I digress....

Being my first ship build I certainly learned what not to do on my next project. This is a single plank which will be coppered.

When I complete the bulwarks I'll finish filling some boo, boo's, add the keel and sand the hull. I'm looking forward to turning the hull over and looking at the deck. 

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On 7/22/2018 at 2:06 PM, rtibbs2018 said:

Sure is good to get back to building.

I guess we will call you MR. Tibbs (related to Sidney?)

 

I agree your build will be much nicer without the exposed guts. Not very appealing unless they showed more like crew quarters or engine.

 

Good luck should be a killer build.

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Ok, full scale decking is finished so it's back to the shipyard.

Don't you just hate when you start to cook something then you realize you don't have all the ingredients on hand.:default_wallbash:

Since the hull is to be painted and coppered I decided to seal the hull with 3/4 oz. glass cloth then prime and paint.

Ya gotta love the smell of polyester resin in the morning. (Paraphrasing Robert Duvall) 😉

Had all my glass cloth cut and ready to apply when I noticed my polyester resin had hardened in the can. I ordered a new can from the local hobby shop and it arrived the next morning. Opened the can and found it had started to gel. Oh crap, it's off to the store to exchange it. They had one container left and it appeared ok.

 

Applied a layer of glass cloth to the hull and Lightly sanded the surface with 220 grit paper.

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Applied the final coat of resin.

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Sanded the hull.

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Now I'm ready to prime the surface with my favorite grey primer. Oops I'm out of primer. So now I wait for Amazon to deliver it as it's not carried locally. 

 

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