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Relative new-comer to the hobby posting my first build log. Have long had an interest in building a wooden ship model (after a misspent youth spent on plastic models and scratch-building HO scale railway structures) and the corona slowdown seemed just the right opportunity. I started with the Dusek Knarr model (1:72 scale) and learned a lot from that (ie. made lots of mistakes that I hopefully learned from.)

 

For my second model I was able to track down one of Occre's Buccaneer models. For whatever reason, I didn't find any build logs of this one in the forum despite the apparent popularity of Occre as a manufacturer. So here I am, hopefully committing to keeping up with the build-log as I move forward. Fair warning, I'm sure i have lots of new learning experiences ahead of me on this one and progress will likely be slow. While the virus has me working from home for my main job, my volunteer gig as mayor of my town is more than making up for it! 

 

So, to begin, the start of my project in a quiet corner of the house where it can, hopefully, live undisturbed! 

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Put together a basic slip as I begin the first steps in the Buccaneer. Pretty impressed with the quality of the wood in this kit. No issues with warping in the plywood and the dry fit, while tight, was accurate and I didn't see any obvious misalignments. Will pull this all again to glue it up with the assistance of a simple homemade alignment guide I've also made out of basswood. IMG_20200511_191238.thumb.jpg.e43ed21e0cdf56f53a8e04e42c7d51e6.jpgapart

 

 

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Slowly moving forward with the main decking. As seems to be often the case in these forums, I'm going a little beyond what the strict reading of the instructions suggest. In this case, instead of running the planks the full length of each deck and then marking the smaller individual planks and treenails with a pencil I'm cutting each plank to 60mm and doing the treenails through the toothpick method I learned from so many other build logs on here! 

 

Now, I recognize that at the 1/100 scale these treenails are probably too big for scale, but since this is going to be more of a generic 'Buccaneer' instead of an representation of a known ship, my desire to try out the toothpick method can hopefully be excused. I drilled holes for each treenail with a #75 wire gauge drill bit and filled each with toothpicks I'd whittled to a much sharper point.

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Been a busy summer, but still making slow progress. One thing I decided, because making my first ship of this type wasn't enough, was that I wanted to 'improve' the photoetched brass pieces. Specifically the doors, since just gluing those onto the planks looked too two-dimensional to me. So a little work with snips and blade, plus scrap wood, and I built up the doors into more of a 3d look with frames. Frames too for the windows. IMG_20200529_195546.thumb.jpg.ecff43e755ba048010f0bbf98194b51a.jpgIMG_20200603_195722.thumb.jpg.b1a4fcc78f9fb474dd08b9af592054b7.jpg

 

Also finally started the planking, which is off to a faster start than anticipated! 

 

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Looking ahead a few steps, I have some questions for those who have done other OcCre models. In the Buccaneer, there is a sheet of paper with the triangles and diamonds that appear just below the aft rails and near the bow. My initial feeling is that doing these cosmetic details using the paper isn't quite what I want to do.
 

Has anyone else gone so far as to either paint those details or even add them as very thin wood veneers?  

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13 hours ago, ModernViking said:

Looking ahead a few steps, I have some questions for those who have done other OcCre models. In the Buccaneer, there is a sheet of paper with the triangles and diamonds that appear just below the aft rails and near the bow. My initial feeling is that doing these cosmetic details using the paper isn't quite what I want to do.
 

Has anyone else gone so far as to either paint those details or even add them as very thin wood veneers?  

I used the supplied paper on my OcCre build and despite being a little reluctant to use it at first, was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.  Just glued it on with pva, let it dry and then gave it a coat of varnish over the top.

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4 hours ago, SweepHall said:

I used the supplied paper on my OcCre build and despite being a little reluctant to use it at first, was pleasantly surprised how it turned out.  Just glued it on with pva, let it dry and then gave it a coat of varnish over the top.

 

Thanks! That's great to know

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