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Medway Longboat - 1742 - 1:24 Scale - by JpR62

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Thanks all for your kind words.

I'm thinking about the hand painted side friezes variant...

The caprail is now in place.

It will be put in the right proportions after the installation of the two bolsters.

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Time to work on the challenging bolsters...

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, JpR62 said:

ime to work on the challenging bolsters...

I'm enjoying following your build, Jean-Paul. Not only are you doing an excellent job but your photos are great also. I just reviewed your build log again and it reminded me of all the steps I have previously completed too. This is such a nice boat to build. The bolsters took me quite a bit of time to carve. The first one I did somehow turned out really well on my first try but I struggled to get the second one symmetrical to the first one. I eventually got it done "good enough" for me. They take lots of tiny adjustments by filing a little here and a little there while constantly checking the fit against the stem and the hull. Making them was one of the more challenging steps in the build for me. I'm sure you will do great given how well you have done already. Good luck!

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Thank you for all the 'Likes'

The bolsters are done.

I used the magnificent Mikhail wood micro chisels. I'm lucky to have been able to acquire a set and it is a purchase that I do not regret.

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I also stuck sandpaper on wooden sticks of different diameters.

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I have allowed myself to not follow exactly the form provided by the plan and I have given to my bolsters a more personal touch.

It took a long time and I had a good day to shape these two pieces.

 

It's time to reduce the width of the caprail.

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Beautiful work...no doubt that this is going to be a fantastic build of this model. Your photos and build log are excellent also. I'm sure this log will be one that future builders of this model will use as a reference. 

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The Mikhail Kirsanov chisels that you have are the best of the best from what I have read and, of course, very expensive also.

 

I noticed that you have a diamond mini file in a photo with the chisels also. I've been considered trying some of those. How do you like the diamond files compared to regular steel files and what brand do you use? Thanks.

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Bob, Thank you for your nice comments. The Medway longboat is really a high quality kit !

Yes, the Mikhail chisels are really fantastic and are very useful to me because I currently have neither a table saw nor a milling machine.

For the diamond mini file I prefer them to the regular files. They must come if my memories are good from Modelexpo.

 

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Thanks to all the 'Likes'.

The cap rail has been reduced to a width of 5/32". I started with the outer edge. Then using a compass open at 5/32" I drew a line following the outer edge. I finally sanded the inside edge to this line.

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I still have to finalize the fairing inboard and the interior needs to be cleaned a little.

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Looking very good!!!   Very nice work.  :)

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Looks great!  Once the rail is thinned down it really makes it look elegant and light

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Thanks to all for your kind words. I really appreciate.

The inboard sheer strake has been added. These are 4 pre-cut planks 1/32" thick and 5/32" wide.

I made a cardboard copy of the bow section to be sure not to bend the wrong end or the wrong way 😁

The 2 bow sections were then preformed by briefly dipping them in hot water and then shaped on the model with clamps. I waited until the parts were dry. Be careful to use small scraps of wood between the clamps and the sheer strake so that the wood is not marked.

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You will notice that I already painted in red the lower edge of the inboard sheer strake before gluing it in order to avoid to paint this part later and in order to have a clean finish.

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Once glued, I carefully filled the small gaps with red tinted filler. Finally I sanded the top of the cap rail and inboard sheer strake smooth.

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Thank you to all the 'Likes'.

 

The knee is now in place at the bow.

As the laser cut knee did not perfectly match the bow of my longboat, it may be interesting that I detail how I mounted the knee.

A first possibility would have been to completely recreate a new knee. But I was not sure if I could reproduce the curve as perfectly as that the part supplied in the kit.

Luckily, as the piece is very fragile, Chuck provided a few pieces just in case one broke. So I glue at each end, a piece of the second copy provided.

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I then sand the ends until I get the shape that perfectly matches the bow of my longboat.

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I glue the knee and prepare a mixture of wood filler and red acrylic paint.

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It only remains to sand perfectly.

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With this method, I was able to use the original part and be assured that the curve is perfect.

It's time to take out my brushes.

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Well done, Jean-Paul, you are making the definitive, reference build log for future builders of this model.

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Jean-Paul,

 

You're work is impeccable.  I have one question--why do you tint the filler, if you will  paint over it?

 

Ron 

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Thank you for your kind words.

Ron, it is probably not necessary to tint it. I dye it in the final color to make sure that we will not see the joint once the final color is applied. It is also easier for me to control the finish of the sanding.

 

 

 

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As I apply many diluted layers with a brush ( I am in my tenth coat and I have as much to apply in order to have a good result...), I decided to install the floor boards and the bow and stern platforms. It changes me from the repetitive painting job...

I tried to follow the instructions as well as possible. On the advice found on Ryland Craze's log, for the two outer floorboards that are made of two pieces each, I installed each piece separately. I actually found it easier to bend them separately.

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I will continue in parallel the painting work and the laying of the thwarts.

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Your model just keeps getting better and better, Jean-Paul.

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Just catching up on your build Jean-Paul and it is looking amazing!  Wonderful craftsmanship and meticulous work process.  I especially like your personalized transom painting, very nice indeed.  You’re creating a beautiful model!

 

Gary

 

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Bob and Gary, thank you for your kind words and thank you to all the 'Likes'.

The risers are in place. They were previously pre-bended.

I used a little jig (on the model of the depth gauge 'T' square used for the Queen Anne Barge) to determinate the good position at each frame.

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I simulate the nails only once the board in place. I wanted to be sure I positioned them correctly.

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I started working on the thwarts.

 

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I am currently building the Medway Longboat.  Your build is so precise.  This is my first ever build and every task is a trial and error process.  As I have said on other build logs, Know matter what mistakes I have made,I still enjoy every minute in the shop.  Thanks for the inspiration. Bob

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Thank you Jeff and Bob for your comments. And thank you to all the ‘Likes’.
Bob, I am fortunate to have been able to build the Queen's Anne barge and many of the processes are similar which makes it easier.
What helps me are the following:
1. Read, read and re-read the instruction manual. Before each step, I read 2 to 3 times the part that explains it. The instruction manuals written by Chuck are a model of the genre and all the answers are there.
2. Refer to the work of others. We are fortunate to have on this forum extraordinary modelers who share their work. There too, before each step I go through the other build logs again to get inspiration from their beautiful work.
3. Take your time and never hurry.
Note that I too am rarely happy with my work and each time I tell myself that I could have done better. It is also a goal: to think that the next model will be better. That said, every moment spent on this longboat is a moment of happiness because Chuck has concocted a jewel for us.

 

I was able to advance on the installation of the cockpit seats.

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Do not be afraid to accentuate the cutting angle on the back of the seat.

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The rear thwart was glued and protected with some tape. Note the small tabs placed on the bottom of the thwart  to facilitate the installation of the 2 cockpit seats. Thank you Ryland for the tip !

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I already pass several layers on the seats before gluing them.

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And finally they are glued. Also inspired by Ryland's work, I glued 2 small tabs to facilitate the installation of the central seat.

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looks great!  I definitely follow those rules as well esp #2 as seeing others build logs helps me immensely 

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Wonderful work, Jean-Paul. This is going to be one of the finest Medway Longboat builds ever completed here on MSW and your build log will be of great assistance to many other modelers in the future.

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Thank you Michael and Bob for your kind words and thank you to all the 'Likes'.

Bob, I'm just trying to give back a little bit of everything I get from this forum 😉

 

The central seat is ready. But first I'm going to give it few coats of paint.

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