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Benjamin W. Latham by jwvolz - Model Shipways - 1:48

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With summer at an end work has begun on the Benjamin W. Latham kit. 

 

 

With the large 1:48 scale I hope to add a nice bit of super-detailing, and I'm especially intrigued by the seine boat, a whole separate model unto self. Fittings are decent, though I may end up replacing some with scratch-built items. Plans are very nicely done other than the rigging sheet. 

 

I haven't done a ton of soldering on past kits, but that will certainly change on this build with all of the ironwork. 

 

The keel is a sandwich of two thicknesses of laser cut parts, and mine was just slightly warped. You can see below the eclectic collections of weights that happened to be nearby in my laundry room to help hold it down after wetting and clamping... It came out nice and straight. 

 

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Rabbet was cut and reference lines were drawn on keel former and bulkhead as per the plans. First dry fitted and then subsequently glued in place. The bevels are on the plans and I did a large amount of pre-beveling with the Dremel and a sanding drum attachment before installation as the plywood bulkhead are very hard. Less prone to damage this way. 

 

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Great weights, but they have an inherent problem.  They tend to lose their weight over time.  Why is the rum always gone?

 

I'm looking forward to following your build.  I'll keep my weights close at hand as well.

 

Cheers,

Jim

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With the deck planking being 1/16 x 1/16" strips there is a definite need for a sub-deck to avoid sagging between bulkheads. Balsa pieces were cut to fit between the bulkheads and this should give a much better base for the narrow strips. I have also decided to trim off the bulkhead extensions from the plywood bulkheads. They are very hard, yet crumble easily. I figured with them having to be shaped and beveled on both sides it will be easier to replace them after the planksheer is installed. This will also give me some wiggle room in placement of the planksheer. 

 

 

 

 

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Planksheer and transom installed. I think my decision to remove the bulkhead extensions was a good one as it made getting the planksheer installed much easier. From the look of things a few of the extensions would have had to have been removed anyway to get it to fit. The transom is a tricky piece to get shaped correctly and installed at the proper angle. The plans are good though and it matches up well in that regard. 

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Planksheer outer strip is installed and the bulkhead extensions that were previously removed have been replaced and shaped to follow the curve of the hull, both inboard and out. Next up will be fabricating the false frame extensions that go between the ones shown here. There are two between each bulkhead. 

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Planking has begun. Nothing too exciting really. The schooner hull makes things easier here at the bow for sure,, and there are a good number of bulkheads. 

 

I'm not planning to be super anal about the planking, since the hull will be fully painted. 

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The sanding will clear out a lot of those level deficiencies, it looks like you have very few 'gaps' so that should turn out quite nicely.

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Deck has been planked (including windlass pads and thick pads at the masts) and painted. I masked from templates I made copying the plans and airbrushed the white. The areas that I stained should be gray, based on the instructions, but I didn't like how much of the plank detail disappeared under the white paint, so I elected to just stain it a weathered color. 

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Beautiful work from you Joe as usual. I've had this kit in the closet for some time now...I think you have inspired me to open the box and follow along with you. Always a pleasure and a learning experience to read your updates on the forum. Keep it going.

Bob

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Started to work on the seine boat. I suspect this thing might be a bit tricky especially based on some of the previous build logs, especially with extricating it from the former if assembled per the instructions. We shall see...

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The Ben Latham is one of my all time favorite kits from Model Shipways. I have always wanted to build this kit, but for some reason, I just never had the chance, I guess it maybe because I was never ask to build one. 

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