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HMS Speedy by ErnieL - Vanguard Models - 1/64. 1st planking complete.


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55 minutes ago, ErnieL said:

.   I slaved away for a grueling 45 minutes and achieved this:

Now that's funny! You've made a great choice of models to get back into the hobby. I look forward to following your build. Good luck, Ernie, and enjoy the ride!

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1 hour ago, ErnieL said:

Well we had a couple hours this evening and so far I seem not to have cocked it up. 
 

But have no fear, there’s plenty of time ahead for that. 

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Is this a dry fit? Bulkhead 10 should be the other way round with the door opening on the port side, although I don't think it really matters.

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Nope, it’s glued all nice and tight. I had the wrong end pegged for the bow. I’ll cut a door into the bulkhead I guess, oops. 

 

I figured the sharp pointy high high end was the bow. 😕

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36 minutes ago, ErnieL said:

I’ll cut a door into the bulkhead I guess, oops. 
😕

Nah, don't bother. You can't see it even when you leave a grate off (well...barely!). 

It's certainly not going to impact on any construction anyway. 🤣

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Welcome aboard Ernie. The quality of kit models has come a long way in the last 40 years and you've picked a particularly good one. 

 

48 minutes ago, clearway said:

one of the reasons why i read destruction manuals till my brains dribble out of my ears before touching any wood🤪😁

So do I, but I still make mistakes as you'll see from my Speedy log - must be an age thing! 

 

Derek

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It really doesn't matter about the 'door' opening on bulkhead 10, it is only there in case anyone wanted to add detail to the lower deck. It cannot be seen once the main deck is in place, so don't worry about that.

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4 hours ago, clearway said:

one of the reasons why i read destruction manuals till my brains dribble out of my ears before touching any wood🤪😁

🤣 apparently I had none left to dribble out.  It even says “FRONT” on it and I still goobered it up.  

I really need to stop sniffing glue

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53 minutes ago, glbarlow said:

This is supposed to be fun, seems like you’re enjoying it.  Congrats on the cradle, excellent work!

Hahaha.  Apparently it was about as complicated as I’m capable of handling on my own without professional assistance. 
Seriously though, this will be fun. 

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8 hours ago, glbarlow said:

I’m thinking of taking mine to a carpentry shop to do the fairing, May not work out though😂🤣

Don't give me any ideas, man.

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Spent a bit of time on Speedy tonight, roughed the bevels on the bulkheads and tomorrow, I’ll lightly hit it with a long board to remove any rounded edges.  It’s alot of fun so far and I’m relearning some old skills along the way. The dust ain’t too good for the other half of my hobby, however.

Personally, being that I’m so out of practice with planking, I’d love to enlarge the filler blocks a bit, but I’ve decided to trust Chris Watton. He certainly knows what he’s doing so far.

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James, I’m truly enjoying this so far, and I must be the only guy in the world actually looking forward to trying the coppering process. 

I just have an odd feeling I’m going to enjoy it. I almost overlaps with the other half of my model building life.

I certainly owe you a bottle or three of fine highland nectar.

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The 2mm is 4-ply, and the 3mm for the MS Flirt is 6-ply, very strong, but not cheap - but worth it for peace of mind.

 

I do listen, and endeavour to improve certain aspects as and when I can..

 

You have made a great start, Ernie. Just take your time, and prepping is half the battle.

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I don’t know if Chris’ instructions mention it: run a batten along the hull at various heights, when it smoothly touches every bulkhead bow to stern you’ve achieved a faired boat. Leave the char on the trailing edge of the several bow and stern bulkheads to not lose the shape of the hull and have a lopsided boat.  Although maybe you want a lopsided boat, being from Ana.🤣

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11 minutes ago, glbarlow said:

I don’t know if Chris’ instructions mention it: run a batten along the hull at various heights, when it smoothly touches every bulkhead bow to stern you’ve achieved a faired boat. Leave the char on the trailing edge of the several bow and stern bulkheads to not lose the shape of the hull and have a lopsided boat.  Although maybe you want a lopsided boat, being from Ana.🤣

Thanks, Glenn.  For me, the thing I'm experiencing with this kit  is that because of the stellar reputation Vanguard has developed in such a short time, combined with effortless parts fit, I could easily find myself lulled into false sense of security and very quickly paint myself into a corner. 

Other than my last plastic build, I've never so looked forward to getting home at night and building something.

 

And regarding Anna, we were a great little country town of a couple thousand folks for many years, but it's sure changed lately.  And not for the better

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