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Marie Celeste by Bill Hudson - Steingraeber - salvaging an old model kit


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I bought this kit from a local hobby shop about 1971.  I started building on it but my 12 year old son took it over and started the planking.  He go about 3/4 the way on the planking and lost interest.  After all these years of living in closets I finally decided to try to salvage it. What you see in the photos is the condition it is now. 

 

I'm having a problem deciding whether to strip off the planking and start over or to try to salvage it as it is. I am  hoping this can be a build log.  We'll see. 

 

I am open to feed back and suggestions.

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I think it's twofold if you should leave the planking or rip it off. 

Leaving it on pays credit to your sons work and it doesn't look that bad from what I can see in the pictures. Putty, sanding and paint and will all look splendid.

If you rip it off, where to end the "rebuild"? 😉 

 

As for planking stock I have no real input. My next ship will be planked with birch but it all depends on what is available and cost.

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Thank you Hakan and Veszett, I'm feeling the same way. I will keep the planking. Our son grew up  to be a wonderful and talented man. He will turn 61 at the end of this month. 

My wood options, from my wood bin, are cedar, cherry, Western red alder or white oak. But now thatI I am keeping the planking intact, I will have enough planks left in the box to finish.

 

Bill

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I got off to a slow start today. Was going to finish the planking but discovered the last plank that had been installed was sort of an S shape. I decided to take out some of  the major curve. Then the tremors hit my right hand and I had to stop before I could get a nice cut line. So far it is looking pretty crude. But I should be able to refine it better  the next session. It would have been nice if I could've pulled off that plank and taken my little plane to it. 

As much as I don't like using filler I think I am going to have to fill-in a lot of joints.  Any suggestions which type of filler is bast for hulls? Any one eve use spackle?

 

 

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Bowsprits can have they're back end fastened between to sturdy vertical bits. But design varies of course.

As for filler, I would use fine filler from the hardware store. The one you use for covering up nails in trimmings and such. Usually sold in plastic tubes.

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So far the going on this project seems slow. I finally got the planking finished. The planking material is a little too thick to make the twists needed at the bow. I used spackle as a filler. I think it will take quite a bit of sanding to reach a smooth surface. 

 

Bill

 

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I sprayed on several cots of high build primer. I buy it at the local Industrial Finishes store. ( have no affiliations with this primer producer). It sprays on in a heavy coat. Once thoroughly dried it can be sanded down to the wood leaving any flaw filled with primer. It took several sprayings and sanding to cover up the voids in the planking. With progressive sanding with finer grits it is possible to achieve a very smooth base finish. 

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Veszett,   I have hopes of being able to salvage some the decking that would be removed when I install the cabin. There are  couple of spots where decking is missing or there are some very deep marks that appear to be from clamps and too deep sand out. The decking material is only about 1mm thick.

Thank you for your feedback.  

Bill

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Although it is still a little rough I have decided to use the old deck.  I was able to sand (could not find a Holystone to scale so used sand paper) out many off the dings and nicks with out sanding through the thin deck material.  I was able to remove some planks from the area where the cabin will be mounted to patch the large hole that was in the deck;

 I'm not sure if I want stain it with a light stain. I can experiment a little under the cabin and cargo hatch locations.

 

Bill

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18 hours ago, Bill Hudson said:

He is happy to see me finishing it. Today is his 61st birthday but it will not be done in time. Maybe his 62nd. ;) I will be 90 by then if I make it that far.

 

Happy birthday to him! I'm happy to see you finishing her too :)

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