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Robert E Lee by Dan Evans - Amati - 1:150

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After finishing the side wheeler Portland i decided to build a smaller model of the Robert E Lee by Amati.    The kit is very detailed with great metal parts and good plans.

There is a english and Italian plan set.  The drawing are in Italian but you can cross reference from the english to Italian.

The different decks are built as individual boxes.   

The bluejackect model had slab sides which made it rather difficult at times.   

This is my 8th wooden ship .   I woould recommend this kit to anyone wishing to build a paddle wheelr.


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I started the kit with the building of the hull.

It is a solid hull. with three sections of the first deck.

The bottom is painted black and top half white.


The rudder is attached with brass hinges.

rudder veiw.jpg

bottom hull.jpg


bottom of hull.jpg

top veiw hull.jpg


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The next section is the construction of the various decks in the stern.  These section are built up boxes.  They are very solid .  They will later be planked with beuatiful windows added.

top veiw decks.jpg

abc decks open.jpg

rear section.jpg

2 section rear.jpg



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I have not added to this blog in weeks .  Recently I came up with a  way to create the panels in a faster way.


the strips are very small and are hard to line up on the boxes.  

So what I do is glue the strips to paper in two and three strip bundles.  then i use a cutting jig to cut as many pieces that I need to go around the windows.  This keeps the strips in line and looks better.  

I hope this helps anyone taking on this model.1443178671_cuttingsmallpanels.jpg.e1f6ad636529ee642990610078446176.jpg847307156_gluingstripsonpaper.jpg.2ee412203b64e5ac60dab75bdf642ab8.jpg757504388_panelsnearpaddlewheels.jpg.cb8c70767f02c4a51a13f1f25aa26111.jpg2053813381_puttinginwindows.jpg.f560d72e8fde98337a7ed3fcd4a7d53c.jpg733285101_settingsmallinjig.jpg.0a81b3c332bce8969bc36816ea1bd547.jpg1810728817_smallpanels.jpg.db61bdc829e7e5992639cbe95a165821.jpg1220283205_sternpanels.jpg.79294a90712958468bc88f7b17158ef4.jpg


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