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After spending months looking at Chuck Passaro's website and reading through logs of finished and in process Cheerfuls' I ordered the kit. This being a scratch built POB I ordered the starter kit from Syren Model Company. I've been following the Winchelsea group build using Alaskan Yellow Cedar as the building material. Reading comments and looking at photos of the wood with WOP helped me buy some AYC to try on other builds. I must say "I like the way it looks, cuts and finishes" so I bought the wood along with the starter kit. 

When the Cheerful arrived in a large envelope and a small box upon opening the packages I immediately spread out the contents and started studying my loot. 

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Let the journey begin. Now its back to reading the monograph and logs of how and what to start first

 

Stay Well and Stay Safe

Will :pirate41:

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Thanks Gregory and Chuck. I've been looking for the prototype build log and haven't seen it in quite a while. I've bookmarked the log and it will be great asset to use while I'm building.

 

Stay Well and Stay Safe

Will :pirate41:

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That's a nice looking spread of model ship parts!  I'm looking forward to following your progress, Will.  This will be a great project!  

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Reading, reading and more reading so now it is time to start building. 

First have copies made of the plans at Mesa Blueprint and hang up original set for reference.

 

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Next to mark the the bulkhead locations on the bulkhead former and then make a copy of the BH. 

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Then cut out the bearding line to use as a template for the port side making sure that I had features included that will allow alignment on the port side of the BH.

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Drawing the bearding line using the template and that's how I started the build.

 

Stay Well and Stay Safe

Will :pirate41:

 

 

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Glued the bulkhead former together so now I have complete BF to work with. Added the 1/8" by 1/16" boxwood strip making the rabbit.

 

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Let the glue dry overnight and started sanding the burn off the stem and keel. The stem pieces fit almost perfectly with a very minimal sanding before no light shining through when held up to a window. With the stem being 7?32" thick and BF being 1/4" thick leaving a 1/64" thick gap. With 1/64" being .015/6 I kept trying to find a spacer that would bridge the gap while I clamped the pieces together. While having the pieces clamped together I realized that the rubber pad on the clamps were compressing on the BF and not on the stem. DUH!!! Examining the stem from the front I could see that it was centered on BF. Glued first piece on with a major sigh of relief.

 

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More tomorrow and many more tomorrows

 

Make it a good day

Will :pirate41:

 

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On a previous post I forgot to show one aspect of the stem that I added. One of the logs I follow building Cheerful is Chucks original log while building the prototype Cheerful. In that log he mentions adding reliefs to the holes for the stem deadeye halliard allowing the ropes to lay naturally.

 

Here is a photo of the reliefs

 

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Make it a good day

Will :pirate41:

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Spent a little time on the stem and keel pieces gluing and sanding. Then made a copy of the stem and keel treenail patterns and transferred the patterns to the parts. Drilled the hole with a #76 bit, darkened the hole with start pencil point and added natural colored filler. Scraped off the filler with razor blade and sanded the parts again Applied the first coat of WOP and the AYC takes the WOP leaving a very nice color and finish. So following the monograph my next step is to place the bulkheads and fillers. KUDOS to Chuck the bulkheads fit perfectly in each slot and square to the BF.

 

Attaching the keel

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Dry fit bulkheads KUDOS to Chuck everything is square fwd and aft and athwartship.

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Treenails and first WOP

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Make it a good day

Will :pirate41:

 

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Question and help! When I dry fit the bulkheads to the BF they fit so tight I wonder how glue will remain between the fitting surfaces. Do I just glue in the slots? Do I glue a fillet along the joint between the BF and bulkhead?

Please you thoughts and ideas

 

Make it a good day

Will :pirate41:

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PRS,

 

The answer is yes, and no.  It depends on the glue you use  (PVA orCA) but in the end the bond is only as strong as the poly to wood bond.  I always sand or at least roughen the poly before gluing to it.

 

John

 

 

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