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Hi folks,

 

I am by no means good at modelling, let alone ship modelling, however I find the craft to be extremely relaxing.

I won't allow my lack of ability get in the way of this most excellent hobby.

I should point out that I cannot use CA glue as I am highly sensitive to it, I use just wood glue.

 

That being said.. I thought I'd share my progress for this very small kit by Amati.

Please forgive me as I am extremely slow, though as I said earlier I am not in a rush.

This is a hidden gem of a hobby and I intend on fully immersing myself and enjoying it for as long as I am able. 

 

A little about this kit; It is the cheapest Amati kit I could find, and I figured a good starting point to get into the hobby.

Mods, I couldn't find any information about the scale of this model.

 

Small Box 

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Carefully extracting the parts

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Dry fitting the frames

I did a little bit of sanding to ensure they were flush with the keel 

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Glue deck and bottoms

Here I am gluing the bottoms after having glued the deck.

You might notice the little blue. I painted the tips of the frames there as they will be visible on the deck.

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Planking 

I did not cut any planks until I got to the bottom. This is a single planked hull so I took my time and tried to make sure there were no obvious gaps.

It wasn't till after I was done planking the hull did I notice the kit came with a pile of nails that I suspect were meant to be used here. 

No mention of using them in the steps though, also I think they wouldn't have looked good either considering this the the one and only layer of planks.

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Planked and sanded down a bit

I am quite pleased with how this turned out considering I am a rookie shipbuilder.

Since I can only use wood glue, this took some time, perhaps that is the key here, going slow.

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Painting

I have absolutely no experience painting, let alone painting a ship.

Anyways, I painted it entirely white first, just a single coat. 

Next I masked the area for the waterline and drew a waterline on then cut the tape with a knife.. This could have been straighter.

Once I painted the waterline I realised I should have probably painted the black area first.. Oh well.

I ended up masking the waterline and doing the black area after.

It isn't a perfect paint job but I'm quite pleased considering it was my first shot at it. Perhaps It will add to the charm of the boat when it is done.

 

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The result

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If you got this far, thanks for reading! 

I'll likely update again in a week, I'm now going to work on the fittings that go on deck, and shaping the dowels for the mast and sail.

 

Cheers!

The Turk Sailor

 

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What a great job you've done on this colorful, little boat, Turk Sailor!

 

I'm glad to see a build log for this model. It's a perfect entry level model and you were wise to start off with a model you could be successful with. Too many first time ship modelers get in way over their heads with an advanced model and then get discouraged and never complete it. I started off with a little dory boat by Artesania Latina and found out that I really wanted to learn more and improve.

 

So congratulations from a fellow Californian. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities. My son works in the city too.

 

Have you decided what your next build will be?

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Bob thank you for checking out my log and thank you for the congratulations!

 

I agree about this model being perfect for entry level. Not too hard, but not too easy, and certainly small enough to finish in a relatively short period of time.

It also gave plenty of wiggle room for those who like to go above and beyond.

 

For such a simple model, I learnt quite a few things.

As an example the waterline was very difficult for me to get right. Also I have no clue how to tie the right knots used in rigging.

 

This is to be a lifelong hobby, I imagine with time I will improve and learn much more.

 

I must admit, I found the quality of this kit to be superb and so I plan to stick with Amati for now.

My next build is to be the Sampang. I'm working my way through the Amati catalog in order of price.

 

 

I agree, San Francisco is a charming city. I live in San Jose now and will update my location.

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The Amati Sampang is a very interesting model and looks like a nice choice for your second build.

 

I would highly recommend that, at some point, you look at the two new fishing boat models that Chris Watton of Vanguard Models has recently designed. The Lady Eleanor, a fifi, and the Lady Isabella, a zulu, are very interesting models that are historically accurate and are suitable for beginners. The materials are outstanding and the instructions and plans are as good as it gets. James H has made professional build logs here on MSW also that are excellent too. You can take a look here: vanguardmodels.co.uk.

 

I look forward to your next build.

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