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18th Century Longboat by CommodoreErie - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48

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So, this is my first build log here. I've tried my hand at models before, notably the HMS Bounty, but felt I bit off more than I could chew. Hence, I'm scaling it back and trying a smaller model to gain some skills. 

 

 

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Some various unboxing photos. I'm hoping to get started next week. This particular kit came with tools and supplies (not that I was hurting for those, my father in law has built a number of models and set me up with a not insignificant amount of tools.

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That’s a really nice looking kit.  I hope you enjoy building it and sharing your progress here.  I will pull up a chair and follow.

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So, life stuff kind of got in the way (job search, kid, dog, etc), and I haven't had a chance to start the build just yet. I have, however, been reading ahead in the instructions, and was wondering if anyone had some advice on fairing a hull? Any help on that front would be much appreciated.

 

~CE

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All right, we've begun. First thing I did was lay out the laser cut pieces I'd be needing for the hull.71486869_2350020451720610_1321358671573155840_n.thumb.jpg.01f54f0eecde4686a4c6302e692c1542.jpg

 

Once that was done, I began work on the false keel and keel.

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I used wood glue here, though I'm reasonably certain I could have gotten away with CA glue. In any event, the keel and false keel joining went very smoothly, though I have some (probably unfounded) concerns about the rabbet. I tried to get a decent shot of the joint, pictured below.

 

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So, that out of the way, we're moving to the bulkheads next. My plan there is to mark each of them where the uppermost strake will lay (without looking at the plans, I believe that's 1/8" from the top of the bulkhead, though I could be wrong). Once we get those marked, they'll be placed on the keel. I think I can get away with using wood glue there too, but we'll see.

~CE

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Bulkheads are half done. What I've been doing is marking them 1/16" down from the top, which is where they will need to be filed to later. The practical upshot of doing this now is twofold: for one, it's easier to mark them when they aren't attached, and for two, the line I've drawn makes it easier to see if they're level with each other.

 

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Brief aside, I really should get one of those green hobby grids. I feel that could be useful.

~CE

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Okay, so we have the bulkheads done. Next I need to fair these and put the bow fillers and transom on before we start planking. Sidenote, anyone have any good sources on fairing a hull? This is historically where I've had a ton of trouble.

 

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~CE

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What I did when I faired the hull of my 18th Century Longboat was cut up short pieces of 1/2 x 1/2 square dowel and I have rolls of sticky back sandpaper. I wrapped these short lengths of dowels with the various grit sandpapers, and I write in sharpie on the ends what the grit is. Then used those blocks to sand and fair the hull. My understanding was that when you are sanding it down as long as your block you are using is large enough to go across 2-3 bulkheads at a time you will successfully make one faired with the next one in line. With all ships, but this one in particular the bulkheads are so thin take care not to get too carried away and go to fast, you don't want to catch one of the ends of the sanding block on a bulkhead and snap it. 

 

In this photo you can see the blocks of sandpaper I made and the beginning of my longboat. In the second photo you can see my build area as it is now with the rolls of sandpaper hanging off a dowel supported by hooks hanging off the shelf on the wall.

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CE, I used nail file sanding sticks (See my build log link in my signature) that you get from Walmart or a beauty supply store to fair my hull.  You have to have a light touch when you do the fairing.  I would strongly advise that you glue some scrap wood on top of your bulkheads.  This will stiffen up the assembly and prevent the bulkheads from flexing.  I have attached a link to a build log that shows this method.  I wish I had done this on my build as I had bulkheads come loose when I did the fairing process.  Good luck on your build.

 

 

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So, life stuff got in the way, but progress is still being made. 

 

I got the bulkheads pretty well faired (I hope) and decided to sand off the laser burns so I could see the tick marks for the bulkheads better when I get to that point. On that subject, does anyone know how to remove pencil marks from this wood? Erasers and sandpaper don't seem to be working.

 

At the suggestion of Ryland, I did use scrap wood to make a frame, which isn't pretty, but boy is it functional. I still need to put the transom on and mark the ticks for the planks, at which point I'll be enlisting my father in law for advice/help (he's done modeling before: a New Bedford Whaleboat, Charles W. Morgan, and USS Constitution, all Model Shipways).

 

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~CE

 

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