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Sea of Galilee Boat by LyleK1 - SE Miller - 1/20 scale


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Getting down to the nitty-gritty!

Stern cap installed:

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Mast work is pretty simple on this build. The mast was preformed and required nothing except sanding and a couple of holes drilled near the top to handle the rigging later on. I added a halyard cleat to the aft side of the mast. I made it out of walnut because every time I tried making it with the stock wood, it would split! After the fourth one... I switched wood!

I also added the mast step and used a piece of brass rod to ensure a solid joint:

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And then glued it into place. On my build, I measured forward 7.5 inches from the stern and cut away some of the partial ribs to make room for the mast step and mast. Double-checked the alignment on both axis:

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Any minor adjustments can be done with the rigging. But actually it's pretty well aligned.

Mast done!

Looking at another build log awhile back, I saw some deck boards that I think would have been appropriate for the time period and the boat. I decided to use a similar pattern but maybe a bit more primitive than his work. If I can find it again, I'll give credit.

Used some Basswood just for a bit of change for the deck:

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Time for a coating of the finish. I followed the advise of the kit designer and used Amber Shellac. I've never worked with it but found it to be really easy to use:

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I like the look and after some rubbing with steel wool, I like it even more!

Now that the main structure is done, it's time to get busy on the bits and pieces:

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Pictured above are the oars, rudders, seats, oar locks and davit pieces. I started by sanding all the pieces and then went on to assembly the 4 oar locks:

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Some shaping with a round file and these will be ready for a little touch-up sanding and shellac and then be ready to install.

Work continues tomorrow and through the weekend!
 

 

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Lyle,

 

    Looking good.  I like the finish.

 

    The excavation report indicates that there may have been floor boards/deck boards as you have modeled.  Floor boards were not found with the wreck, but this is easily explained since they would have been salvaged before the boat was abandoned.

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4 hours ago, Chuck Seiler said:

Lyle,

 

    Looking good.  I like the finish.

 

    The excavation report indicates that there may have been floor boards/deck boards as you have modeled.  Floor boards were not found with the wreck, but this is easily explained since they would have been salvaged before the boat was abandoned.

 

Interesting that the book I read did not mention floor boards.

There must have been an updated version of the book several years after the original was written.

I know the work to save the boat took several years.

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    As I mentioned in my log, there were 2 documents-the book and the report.  The report can be downloaded from the net.  From a quick glance, 75-90% of the material is the same, but each has some stuff the other does not.

 

    Both the book and report were based on early findings.  I wonder if anything has been published as a follow-up.

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Oar locks, Oars, seats and rudders are assembled:

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... and installed along with the rigging pins and rudder davits:

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The rigging is so much simpler than the usual work! No complaints!

Standing rigging including the seat to mast and the oars. I decided to stain the oars and rudders in a contrasting color:

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Bending the sail to the yard was a simple stitch:IMG_5288.thumb.JPEG.7f652fb60400c7754bd597452a583393.JPEGIMG_5289.thumb.JPEG.ff6ff5c6a73376277e15ea118b4d21d2.JPEGIMG_5291.thumb.JPEG.81bc5782160f2d635dd039de48a97470.JPEG

My one regret is that I should have ironed the sail before bending it to the yard and hanging it on the mast... oh well! I have a few ideas to remove some of the wrinkles. I'll get to that last. Also, need to straighten out the stitching a little bit!

I began working on the remaining rigging. Again, very simple. As you may have noticed in the above (and below) pictures, I chose not to use the the supplied rigging lines and used the lines that I made with my rope making machine. The yard was bound to the mast and the line to raise and lower the yard were completed:

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The sheet lines are actually made from a copper wire painted white... an interesting idea to keep the sail away from the mast and look more natural:

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The stand:

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The fishing net, anchor and line and basket are all that remain to complete this model.

I do intend to work on the sail... shaping and removing the wrinkles are the main goals.

Gotta check the little things too. Sometimes, I get lost in the big job and forget to look closely for anything that may need a little attention. If you notice anything, please feel free to point it out!

The next post will be the final of this build log with pictures of the final build!

It will be a few days, as I would like to set up a good photo area and finishing the little bit I have left.

Also, once I present it to my dad, I'll post a few pictures of that too!

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You're almost there, and it looks brilliant.  Looking forward to seeing the presentation--thanks for including that.  A small travel garment steamer might be useful. They work well in removing folds and wrinkles from clothing.  Just pass the steam over the fabric. Don't hold it in place for too long. Those things are hot. 

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33 minutes ago, Estoy_Listo said:

A small travel garment steamer might be useful. They work well in removing folds and wrinkles from clothing.  Just pass the steam over the fabric. Don't hold it in place for too long. Those things are hot. 

Excellent idea! Will give it a try!

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I made it! With a couple weeks to spare!

Below are pictures of the final product.

This has been a fun build and I've really enjoyed it.

Once I give it to my dad, I'll post a few more pictures!

Until then...

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Thanks to all for your encouragement, ideas and for tagging along!

I'll be taking a few weeks off and then... back to HMS Bounty!

 

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