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I finished the red oxide bottom paint.  Just pulled off the masking and the tape line.  Looks pretty good!  Four coats of paint, with a bit of light filling in between.  This came out about the way I was hoping.  Smooth, fair finish with a slight hit of the planking ghosting through.  
 

Next up are black topsides, and then the white boot stripe.  Then she’ll be looking like a proper ship.

 

Off to prepare a feast for my family.  I have much for which to be thankful.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

 

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I’ve been testing three “poly” varnishes:

 

1.  Minwax “Polycrylic” water-based, matte finish

2. Varathane Polyurethane, water-based, satin finish

3.  Zar “Poly”, oil based, satin finish

 

I took a scrap piece of pearwood and tested them, two coats each.  Test shown below.  Top to bottom:  Minwax, Varathane, Zar.

 

A couple of observations:  the water-based products seem to change the color of the wood the least.  The Zar oil-based product results in a much richer, darker color.  Also, the Varathane “satin” finish is really no shinier than the matte products.  All three seem to be very easy to use, lay down beautifully with a good brush, and are easy to clean up.

 

I’d be interested in advice on which one to use.  I plan to coat the topsides of the hull with a coat of varnish before painting, and then the insides of the bulwarks and the deck will be varnished.  Thoughts?
 

 

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5 hours ago, EKE said:

I finished the red oxide bottom paint.  Just pulled off the masking and the tape line.  Looks pretty good!  Four coats of paint, with a bit of light filling in between.  This came out about the way I was hoping.  Smooth, fair finish with a slight hit of the planking ghosting through.  
 

Next up are black topsides, and then the white boot stripe.  Then she’ll be looking like a proper ship.

 

Off to prepare a feast for my family.  I have much for which to be thankful.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

 

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Looks stunning!!

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So I went ahead and used the Minwax varnish.  I thought it had the nicest color of the three choices on the pearwood.  I also tested it over the red oxide, and it seemed to be a nice matte/satin finish.  So I dove in, and brushed on a coat of Minwax on the inside of the bulwarks, and the entire exterior of the hull, bare wood and painted bottom.  Results below.

 

I think the Minwax poly varnish is great so far.  It comes out of the can a milky white, but dries crystal clear.  As it dries, it seems to self-level and smooth out, so that the finished surface shows almost no brush marks.  Very nice. And the finish is has a slight touch of satin sheen, subtle but noticeable.  I think it’s perfect for model boats.  And the cleanup is super easy, as it’s water based.  Great stuff, if you ask me.
 

It seems to dry to a very hard, durable finish, as far as I can tell.  I’ll be adding a few more coats after the paint is complete.  
 

On to masking and painting the black topsides.
 

 

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I’ve completed the topsides paint, and damn if she’s not starting to look like a proper Zulu!

 

I spent a crazy amount of time with tiny sanding sticks, cleaning up around the strakes to remove glue crust.  It was worth it though, as I think it came out pretty clean.  I carefully masked the deck area, bulwarks, and bottom, and sprayed two coats of the Chaos Black aerosol that James recommended.  Great paint, excellent coverage.  And Jim, you were absolutely right, the finish is just what I was looking for, a lovely satin.  Just right for a working boat.  
 

I brought the black close to the waterline, but not quite to it, as you can see. I wasn't super careful with the mask line for the black, as as I'll be painting over it.  The edges will be covered by the boot stripe.  Next task is to mask off the boot stripe, and spray it satin white.  
 

That’s all for now.  She’s coming along! 
 

 

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31 minutes ago, James H said:

That is looking so nice. Glad the Chaos Black fitted the bill too.


Thanks Jim!  I’m grateful for all the advice.

 

Yes the Chaos Black is good stuff.  It dries super fast as well.  I let it dry for a couple of hours, but probably didn’t need to.  I think it was ready to handle in about 15 minutes.  

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On to the boot stripe.  I masked off for the stripe using the 6mm Tamiya tape.  Getting the curve right is a bit tricky, since the traditional stripe for the Zulus is historically deeper at the bow and stern, and narrower amidships.  So the stripe is tapering, and it’s a bit fiddly getting it the right thickness and even on both sides.  I used a divider to measure off key points from the side view on the plan drawing, but really, it’s one of those tasks you just have to go by eye.  Lay down a curve with tape, and then sight down it for fairness.  Trial and error.

 

Sprayed three coats satin white with a light sanding between.

 

 

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Next task before I varnish, I want to put registration numbers on the side of the hull.  That way I can varnish over them and protect and unify the finish.  
 

I have done some testing with both waterslide decals from Microscale, and dry transfer numbers from Woodland Scenics. First, I tried the waterslide decals.  I placed a decal onto some spare wood with a painted finish, and let it dry for an hour or so.  Then I tried the Minwax water-based poly varnish over it.  Disastrous.  The Minwax completely dissolved the decal :D.  Important safety tip!

 

So on to the dry transfer letters.  Those worked fine, a coat of Minwax applied with no problem at all, results below.  So I’m going to do the registration numbers with white dry transfer, and then varnish everything.  It pays to test before leaping ahead, huh? ;)

 

That’s it for now!  Thanks everyone for your attention and help.

-EKE

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks superb Erik, a great paint job.

 

I think  dry transfer is the way to go, it's my preferred option if I can get hold of them which is getting more difficult over here.

 

Have you decided on  a 'port' yet, the name of which is usually carried on the Starboard stern quarter.

 

Regards,

 

B.E.

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Erik,

 

Your hull's livery is looking very attractive and very sharp.

 

And thanks for sharing the 'lettering' research.

 

Next task before I varnish, I want to put registration numbers on the side of the hull. That way I can varnish over them and protect and unify the finish.

 

You (and B.E.) got me thinking 😉 .... my Fifie may be getting some late lettering additions during the winter months. 

 

Regards,

 

Richard

 

Edit: A list of current Fishing Boat Registration Letters ... https://www.findafishingboat.com/article/fishing-boat-registration-letters

Seems the Resistration is not only marked on the vessel but also carved.

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Thanks, friends.  Appreciate the input.

 

And Richard, thanks for the link to the list of fishing boat abbreviations.  A great reference, quickly bookmarked.

 

I’m going to use the registration number of BF 1479 ‘Fidelity’.    She’s the Zulu depicted in the great drawings on the Greenwich Maritime Museum site, and she’s very close in specs to Chris’ ‘Lady Isabella’.  ‘Fidelity’ was registered in Banff (BF) but I can find no information on her home port.  I may have to craft a fictional narrative. :)
 

EDIT:  I found information on ‘Fidelity’.  Home port was Portessie.  That’s a small town east of Buckie, west of Banff:


http://glennmci.brinkster.net/mcibb/listcomp.html

 

http://glennmci.brinkster.net/mcibb/bf1479.html

 

 

 

 

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50 minutes ago, Blue Ensign said:

Well Erik you may as well  name her Fidelity  as you say the plan is so close to the kit layout as makes no difference, and it's nice to represent a real vessel.

Had I not bashed the kit into Muirneag, I would have gone for Fidelity. 🙂

 

B.E.

 

That's the plan, BE.  I won't be doing a lot of kit bashing, as I'll be pleased to get to the finish line for my first ship build without screwing anything up.  But I'll be giving her the general appearance of Fidelity.  And it's a fine name for a ship, in my opinion. ;)

 

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Erik,

 

Two good links you have provided there. -  so much info therein.

 

Earlier today I had been wandering through a website which had hundreds of pics of old (mostly) UK fishing vessels (...I've bookmarked it on another computer so will edit the link in to here tomorrow) and I saw a pic of a very sleek looking Zulu...so I clicked on the Comment below it which said the pic appears in 'Edgar March - Sailing Drifters'...I then read up on that book, tracked down a copy and bought it. ...delivery in a week or so. A few minutes after all that I saw that B.E. made reference to that book in one of his posts 😉

 

So looking in to my crystal ball I suspect there is a Zulu build somewhere in my future.

 

Regards,

 

Richard

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22 minutes ago, Rik Thistle said:

Erik,

 

Two good links you have provided there. -  so much info therein.

 

Earlier today I had been wandering through a website which had hundreds of pics of old (mostly) UK fishing vessels (...I've bookmarked it on another computer so will edit the link in to here tomorrow) and I saw a pic of a very sleek looking Zulu...so I clicked on the Comment below it which said the pic appears in 'Edgar March - Sailing Drifters'...I then read up on that book, tracked down a copy and bought it. ...delivery in a week or so. A few minutes after all that I saw that B.E. made reference to that book in one of his posts 😉

 

So looking in to my crystal ball I suspect there is a Zulu build somewhere in my future.

 

Regards,

 

Richard

You won’t be disappointed Richard, it’s a great read apart from the technical stuff, I would go so far as to say that Edgar March is to fishing vessels what C.N Longridge is to Victory.

 

Loads of  copies available in the U.S. of A. Erik, hint, hint. 😉

 

B.E.

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