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I used to love launching rockets... my kids aren’t quite the right age yet; I had forgotten about joke much fun it was. I recall building one that the top popped up and released blades so the rocket “helicoptered” back to earth. Sorry to sidetrack the log, but you reminded me of some good times.

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Don't worry about "sidetracking" my build log. I enjoy the conversations and those folks who aren't interested in the chit-chat can easily skip ahead.

 

I remember the Estes "helicopter" rocket. It was very cool. I built a bunch of rockets while I was studying for some state boards written and oral exams after my internship. That was a stressful time in my life and building the rockets was a great respite for me. I'd take my son and his friends to a large schoolyard and we'd fire them off. I love it when they exit the launching pad with that big WHOOSH! rocketing into the sky. The kids would yell with excitement and run after them as they parachuted back to Earth.

 

One of my favorites was a 2 stage rocket with two big C engines in it. It went nearly out of sight and then slowed a bit before the second stage lit and then BOOM! it went out of sight. Unfortunately, we never saw it again. 

 

Those are fond memories for me. You might want to build a few for your kids when they are old enough to enjoy seeing them fly.

 

Cheers,

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55 minutes ago, hof00 said:

Are you going to mount the Hull on pedestals/plinth?

Hey Harry,

 

I haven't decided about the mounting yet. I not too keen on the plain stand that comes with the kit. I've been thinking about pedestals but I've never done those before.

 

It's certainly going to be "onward and upward" now. I'll be doing the masts and rigging after I get more of the deck furniture and fittings installed. I'm worried about the rigging since the instructions are essentially useless for the rigging and I haven't been able to make sense of the rigging drawings yet. I think I'll be flying by the seat of my pants for a while!

 

Cheers,

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Yup,

Agreed, the Rigging plans are not very helpful.

I had specific questions that I asked Mr. Google.... Reefing Tackle - Mainsail/Topmast and Jack Yard Rigging.

Just had a "Look-See" for any saved searches, my end, but nothing sorry.

 

Research is rewarding.... 🙂

 

Cheers....HOF.

 

 

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5 hours ago, BobG said:

The only thing I might do is polish it a little with some Tamiya Finish Paste on a Tamiya Polishing Cloth. 

Excellent outcome Bob! I d be a bit concerned trying to polish the varnish though, I think it is risky. These pastes are abrasive, they work by removing a layer of varnish and little scratches with it, so that the light reflects better. Your newly sprayed surface is completely flat and smooth, the only reason the light does not reflect like gloss is the medium (dust) suspended in the varnish. I do not think the paste or cloth will work very well. If you want to increase the shine, I d put some wax on after the varnish has cured.

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10 hours ago, vaddoc said:

Excellent outcome Bob! I d be a bit concerned trying to polish the varnish though, I think it is risky.

Thanks, vaddoc! I've been watching some youtube videos recently about airbrushing clear coats. Many plastic modelers polish their clear coats to a mirror finish by wet sanding with very fine grit sanding pads or cloths (6000-12,000) followed by a mild, automotive polish that is made to remove very fine swirls and, finally, waxing with an a liquid Carnuba wax. I'm not looking for a mirror finish but have seen plastic modelers also polishing their clear coat with Fine Tamiya Paste followed by the Finish Tamiya Paste. That's where I got the idea that the Tamiya Pastes might be a gentle way to finish off the clear coat. 

 

The sheen on my hull looks good to me right now and maybe a little wax, as you suggested, would add a little more shine to it. It isn't quite as smooth to the touch as I would like it to be. It is flat and doesn't have any orange peel but it isn't quite as slick to the touch as I'd like it to be. There is just a slight friction feel when I draw my fingers across it. Maybe some wax would make it feels more silky...?? 

 

So I might try a little wax on small area at the very bottom of the keel as a test and see how it looks and feels.

 

As always, thanks for your informative comments and your interest in my model.

 

Cheers,

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Now that I'm satisfied with the painted hull and the clear coat I can move ahead with the build. I added the mahogany caprails today and gave them a coat of Satin Wipe-on-Poly, and, as with just about everything in ship modeling, it took me longer than I expected to finish them.

 

The caprails are 1.5 x 3 mm mahogany strips and they needed to be edge bent to the shape of the gunwales before gluing them on. This is an older kit and all the mahogany is pretty dry and brittle. I traced the outline of the hull on the plywood sheet I do my building on and then edge bent them using a dab of water and an old, non-steam travel iron. It was slow going but, once I got them fairly close to shape of the gunwales, I went ahead and started gluing them on.

 

I had previously substituted 1 x 5 mm limewood for the gunwales instead of the kit supplied 2 x 5 mm ramin. So there was only a 1 mm edge on the top of the gunwales to glue the caprails onto. I debated whether to use PVA or CA and decided to go with CA and work carefully in small sections as I went along the gunwales gluing on the caprails . Knowing that that I could easily make a mess of things with any smears of CA on the outer sides of the black painted gunwales, I worked in 1 -2 inch sections using a dental pick to just add tiny amounts of CA onto the top edge of the gunwales. Then I carefully fit the caprails so that its outer edge was flush with the outside edge of the gunwales and held them with light finger pressure for a few seconds. It turned out quite nice and I managed to avoid gluing my fingers to the boat in the process!

 

Here's a photo of me edge bending one of the mahogany caprails followed by two photos of how the deck and the hull look now. The rudder is just dry fitted in place for the photos.

 

 

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