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I have recently came back in to this hobby again, after a long absence. Finally I could set up a small area on the storage room. There is no heating though so I have been waiting for the last few months to start....  And speaking of that after several months of reviewing options, the Zulu Lady Isabella from Vanguard Models caught my eye. Such an elegant boat, I am planning to make build it with the optional sails and with the red/black/white color scheme.  I am not sure if other patterns were common, I could not find pictures of Zulus still sailing.


Here is the workspace




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  • ccoyle changed the title to Scottish Sailing Zulu by Mario Pires - Vanguard Models



There are excellant Vanguard Zulu builds on this website, with some of those builds having many extras added by the builders. You will not be disappointed in your choice of Lady Isabella...looking forward to your 'build'.





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I will certainly have a look at other possibilities for the color scheme !  For now I am eager to start. The kit is wonderful, the manual is very detailed and the step by step instructions are super clear. I made the right choice.  I also got another kit from Vanguard Models, the Flirt which I hope to build in the future, but it seemed prudent to start with a smaller kit....


The first step is the superstructure.  I only had some issues with the small pegs, but all fits very well. I assembled it first  for a dry fit:






here from the top






After certifying it was all ok, I then assembled it again and then glued it.  





Tomorrow I plan to start working on the keel structure.  Did not do much today, but it was a great feeling 🙂


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Made some progress on the hull construction.  The bevelled inserts (parts 16-19) were a bit difficult to slide in, and I had to remove a bit of the glue overflow that had accumulated when I glued the bulkheads in order to make it fit.A.thumb.jpg.fffb6a016fe0df84c7695acaaca0e843.jpg



Here is the structure before adding the main sub deck.  





I noticed the sub deck was marked with the number 26 not sure why as it is listed as part 33FT. I had some trouble in installing it as I was afraid of bending it, but it did snap into place, though one of the bulkhead tabs snapped out. These will be removed later anyway. Will post a picture tomorrow as I only did a dry fit of it this evening.







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The hull is almost ready for planking.  I will still need to do a few checks before starting that. It will be my first planking ever, and I look forward for it. 






While I make a pause to breathe before planking,  I have been looking at the possible color patterns for this model. I came across the beautiful Fifie The Swan, launched in 1900,  restored and re-launched in 1996, at a venerable age of 96,  as a training ship. It has a beautiful  bright green/white/red pattern which caught my eye.




I am also toying with the idea of not having all of the sails hoisted, but so far I have not found clear pictures of a Zulu with the sails down and its respective rigging.  Any recommendation on a book is welcomed. I saw some praise on Sailing Drifters from Edgar J. March, , but have not decided yet.




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Hi  Mario, you can't do better than the Edgar March book when it comes to  Sailing Drifters.

As far as the sails arrangement is concerned, if the sails are down so are the yards, there are some old photos in the March book.




This is the Reaper  with the Fore lug yet to be raised.


This is an old shot of a Fifie and a Zulu leaving port.






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