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Misainier by GBModeler - FINISHED - Small French fishing boat of the early 1900's


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Really enjoying this build and I think there is a lesson to be learned here, if I am able to remember it and absorb it.   I see this build as the scratch build analog of that post elsewhere on this site warning beginning kit modellers to start with smaller, simpler kits and not jump right into a Constitution or Victory.   After building several kits I start to contemplate trying a scratch build, but I imagine boats that are on the same complexity scale as the kits I have built.   But, it would make far more sense build something smaller and simpler for a first scratch build, to get practice doing the research, figuring out how to read and convert the plans you have, and determining how to fabricate and assemble the pieces to best represent the original.   And your build superbly demonstrates that even a small, relatively simple scratch build can exercise and demonstrate craftsmanship and can result in an attractive and interesting little model. 

 

So, well done on the build so far and thanks for the lesson, if only I can really learn it.  I guess we'll see after I get another kit or two under my belt.

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2 hours ago, gsdpic said:

Really enjoying this build and I think there is a lesson to be learned here, if I am able to remember it and absorb it.   I see this build as the scratch build analog of that post elsewhere on this site warning beginning kit modellers to start with smaller, simpler kits and not jump right into a Constitution or Victory.   After building several kits I start to contemplate trying a scratch build, but I imagine boats that are on the same complexity scale as the kits I have built.   But, it would make far more sense build something smaller and simpler for a first scratch build, to get practice doing the research, figuring out how to read and convert the plans you have, and determining how to fabricate and assemble the pieces to best represent the original.   And your build superbly demonstrates that even a small, relatively simple scratch build can exercise and demonstrate craftsmanship and can result in an attractive and interesting little model. 

 

So, well done on the build so far and thanks for the lesson, if only I can really learn it.  I guess we'll see after I get another kit or two under my belt.

I really appreciate your observations gsdpic!  Besides the chance to research, gain experience and improve one's skills, I really enjoy the simpler models because they can be finished much more quickly.  The sense of accomplishment provides encouragement for bigger projects down the road!

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Yesterday was "rudder and tiller" day.

 

The rudder started life as a sheet of 1/16" thick basswood.  Parts were cut and shaped based on drawings and glued together with PVA (white Elmers) glue.

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Gudgeons were prepared from short sections of brass tube.  The tube cut nicely by lightly rolling it under the knife blade.

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A pin was used to provide alignment as the little tubes were attached to the hull with gel CA glue.  The gel variety sets slower so adjustments can be made, but you still have to work quickly...

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Pintles were installed into the rudder using a pin vice and piano wire, pre bent at a 45-degree angle.8A9B5139-33A5-4F1D-A247-2E3BB7177730.thumb.jpeg.aae657dd5a959ee32c686e1293e02b41.jpeg

 

Braces and hinges were fabricated from thick construction paper and attached with PVA glue.52352102-AE68-4F94-9350-59B918A67762.thumb.jpeg.1b4d5f896556ad8c483d23d585ee014c.jpeg

 

Here you can see the (almost) final product.  The top pintle is long, and goes through the top two gudgeons (as per photos I saw of real boats).   You will notice that the top hinge is shiny.  This piece of construction paper was applied after the rudder was slid into place and has been reinforced with a coat of CA glue to give it added strength.  Because of it's position, it "locks" the rudder in place (i.e. the pintles can not lift up or unship from the gudgeons).  All this adds up to working rudder!  I plan to add rivets to all he paper parts using 3-dimensional rivet decals. 

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The tiller started life as 1/16" basswood strips.  These were bent by soaking briefly (a couple of minutes in water) and ironing with a clothes iron around a curved former.  They are pre-stained so glue doesn't block the application of stain later...962557B1-1106-4C10-9DBE-6B0BA62EE4A4.thumb.jpeg.d9adc6df4243f6b64625178d21a742dc.jpeg


Here the strips are glued together and shaping beings (mainly with a sanding block).

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The final product is tiny, compared to a common toothpick...

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Now we can steer!

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Adding little (but important) details now.  The first is the "paille d'etrave" which translates to "bow straw."  The clew of the sail was attached to this metal rod that ran through the top of the stem post.  It was reinforced with a metal band.  I substituted construction paper for the metal band, but the rod is steel piano wire😃.  You can also see I added bollards:  two fore and two aft.  The bollards are placed above false frames to simulate extended timberheads...80FE2110-F013-4C72-ADDE-B4918EC16396.thumb.jpeg.8c29ea52a9d22a3bd0b452565b476b58.jpeg

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After coating the rudder with an enamel gloss coat, I set about adding the rivet decals.  Here is what I used...CC0015D2-16A9-4332-985C-EE31235F2989.thumb.jpeg.8e8d2ffc3dd582233734fff680d8510d.jpeg

 

Here's the (almost) final result with another layer of gloss coat to protect and seal the decals.4AA6D072-3728-4596-AF4A-795B1EE014BE.thumb.jpeg.b89a7478091e7013f384698afa5ef5e0.jpeg

 

 

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Painting the waterline comes next.  I find this a nerve-wracking exercise but it does seem to get easier as I build more boats.  I start by setting the model down on a flat surface, level to the waterline.  This often takes props to get the waterline level.  In this case, a little cardboard stand serves the purpose.  The stand is taped to the table top and putty (Silly Putty) helps to "lock" the model in place. 6A5D0A16-F902-49CB-ABA2-5035C46E5A16.thumb.jpeg.a5afeecf029e316f5e004322ebcbcb24.jpeg
 

A small level keeps things even in the other direction.

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I use wood blocks for spacers to set the pencil at the correct height.  In this case I added a weight from a dumbbell set.  Modelers can't get too much exercise you know... 

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The pencil line...

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Masking the upper hull...
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The final product, airbrushed on.

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Been busy applying decals, painting trim, and building the mast.  The mast was a wood dowel tapered slightly toward the top by sanding.  Then bits and pieces were added to simulate the internal pulley at the top.  Again, black construction paper was used to simulate metal bands.

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The mast was stepped and wedges installed as I have seen in photos of real boats.

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You will also notice the belaying pins from Falkonet.

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Further research indicates the boat I wanted to build (Petit Georges) was sloop rigged.  I wanted the more typical lug rig, so I decided to change boats.  This is now the "Mirabeau" from Douarnenez, 1906.   Decals are water-slide, individual letters made by Microscale for model railroads.  The font is called "ornate."

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You might notice a little "dry brushing" on the rudder....
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Building the sail today using paper, wire, thread, acrylic paint, and powdered paint pigments.
 

Finished paper construction with wire embedded in the trim for bending the sails later...
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The painted sail (using Tamiya Acrylic model paint mixed from various colors)...

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After powdered yellow ochre paint pigment is rubbed in... 

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 I have posted before in more detail on my methodology for paper sail construction while building a Scottish Fifie (middle of page 2).  https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27283-fifie-by-gbmodeler-finished-scale-148-typical-late-1800s-scottish-herring-drifter/?page=2

 

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1 hour ago, ccoyle said:

I simply can't believe how much progress I missed after not checking in for a couple of weeks! A wonderful project you have going there.

Thanks!  Must hurry.  The weather is getting nice.  Modeling season is almost over for me...

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These little boats always seem to have oars lying about, so oars are a necessary feature for the model.  My oar construction starts with three lengths of 1/16-inch basswood strip, cut into two pieces at 10mm and one piece at 100mm.  The smaller strips are glued with PVA at one end of the long strip.069E15A9-D92A-4C61-A775-062178EC633C.thumb.jpeg.01159681f158e36986a2b4ae93bc6854.jpeg


After a few minutes of drying time, I start rounding the shaft by sanding down the corner edges.

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With the edges gone, you can twirl the oar in some folded-over sandpaper, creating the final rounded shape of the handle.

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Next, I start sanding down the edges of the paddle.

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Then, two corners of the paddle are filed to provide taper from the shaft to the paddle...

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...and the paddle is sanded flatter and shaped.  I use a home-made sanding block and/or sanding stick.

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Here is an almost-finished oar next to one which has not yet been shaped. 

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Both oars are done and stained now. 

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Decided to give them a little character with a handle end, using a round file...

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It takes me about 20 minutes per oar to get this far...

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A little weathering is added....

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And finally, with a little color added for "feng shui," the oars are installed in the boat.

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GBmodeler, I just finished reading through your build log, very interesting model you choose.
I am curious why this type specially, but then looking at your username my guess you are from Great Britain, please correct me if I am wrong.

We are many builder in MSW from Washington state.

And as a former Spokanite (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spokanite

Spokanite definition is - a native or resident of Spokane, Washington.) , it's great to see more of us in here.
 

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4 hours ago, Nirvana said:

GBmodeler, I just finished reading through your build log, very interesting model you choose.
I am curious why this type specially, but then looking at your username my guess you are from Great Britain, please correct me if I am wrong.

We are many builder in MSW from Washington state.

And as a former Spokanite (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Spokanite

Spokanite definition is - a native or resident of Spokane, Washington.) , it's great to see more of us in here.
 

Thanks Nirvana!  No, GB is not Great Britain, but my initials (George B).  I just really like these little French boats!  Thanks for the nod.  Go Zags!

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  • ccoyle changed the title to Misainier by GBModeler - FINISHED - Small French fishing boat of the early 1900's
22 hours ago, Moab said:

That photo of the boat in the display stand is a “knockout.”  Congratulations for crafting a beautiful, beautiful boat...Moab

Thanks so much Moab!

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