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Nordlandsbaaden by Paul Le Wol - FINISHED - Billing Boats - 1/20

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Hi Everyone, I have started my next project. About a year ago when I saw Ekis’ beautiful completed model I decided that I would like to give it a try. 



The build board was started  about a month ago. Picked up a 12”x 36” pine project panel at Home Depot. It was surprisingly flat and straight. The aluminum T-channel, T-bolts, and knobs are from Lee Valley, the sticky-backed measuring tape is made by Starret and is from Amazon and the 2” aluminum square tube is from Aircraft Spruce. The first thing the directions tell you to do is remove the frames and bulkheads from the carrier sheet and mount them on the build board, then plank the boat. If Billings ever published a recipe book, all of the recipes would say-


Step 1: Put in pot


Step 2: Boil


Step 3: Eat

Because the two center channels are proud of the board the frames have to be notched. The notch also keeps the frame centered.








I didn’t need the piece above the notches so it was not removed. Blocks of wood were glued to the various frames to help with the assembly.






The frames were then screwed to the crosspieces.















Used some pieces from Cheerful’s carrier sheet to support the front of the cabin.






Glued in the kit supplied strips that support the frames.





There are two triangular shaped pieces that are glued in at the stern. The side that is glued to the keel/ frame has to be sanded at an angle. Clamped a small piece of wood to the stern post to support these pieces while gluing. It’s difficult to tell if you’ve sanded enough when everything is upside down.







The two frames toward the bow are just for support and nothing is glued to them. To keep them from moving around, the keel was tie wired to them. I transferred a line from the plans to the keel that indicates the bottom of the garboard. As you can see there needs to be some adjustments made to something.






Just need to find one more 1/4-20 nut for the stem clamp. Now it’s ready to plank. Hope to see you all soon.




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Thanks Todd, the board isn’t really any different than other boards you see on this forum. I like the fact that you can make adjustments when needed to the spacing of the cross pieces. These t-bolts slide  inside the track and the knobs have a captured nut inside them. You make the crosspieces out of whatever type and size of material that suits your needs. I guess if you needed more crosspieces closer together you would have to just use a bare nut to secure them. The two center channels were placed 3/16” apart so that the keel can fit in there when the boat gets flipped over. Then you can make brackets to hold the stem and the stern. Everything was screwed to the board using #4x 3/4 “ flat head screws. Countersunk holes were drilled in the channels so that the t-bolt would not contact the head of the screw.B187C588-5CD0-424C-B99C-673FBF765AF2.thumb.jpeg.e52739c9404d9a31016211b4fdf76947.jpeg

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Hey Everyone, thank you for your comments and Likes. Well this Nordland Boat has been kicking my butt for the past week. Started off by trimming and sanding back the frames where they meet the keel.




They now match the line that I transferred to the keel from the drawings. The planks are laser cut 3/64” 3-ply plywood. They are tough as nails. 



The garboard plank was glued to the keel using the line as a reference for the bottom of the plank.




I’m completing both sides before moving to the next plank. There are lines lasered into the frames/bulkheads  to show you where the planks should end up. There are also tiny holes lasered into the keel that show where the planks start and end.






You can see that the second plank did not manage to get to the mark. It was a struggle to meet the line until the fourth plank.










After test fitting the seventh plank I decided to remove the boat from to build board because it didn’t look like it was going well.






She had a bit of a twist to her so back in the build board it went. Laid a bunch of glue along each side of the keel to give it some strength.






Wanted to see how the frames would fit in the hull at this point so I started assembling frames.

 Put scabs on each side to give them some strength.








There are lines etched in the keel that I think are to show where the frames are placed but they don’t match the plans. Going to use them for frame placement.




Temporarily glued four frames to the hull and they fit fairly well with a bit of tweaking.






Figured that was a good test fitting. Removed all of the frames except the one at the mast. There are laser cut plywood pieces that are glued to the keel under the frames and then the frames are glued to them. I am assuming all of this because it doesn’t tell you anywhere that this is what you do. They all need to be cut and shaped to fit. Using the build board to hold them down while gluing.






The plan is to finish the plywood under the frames and then to permanently install the frames. Flip it back over and finish the planking. Thought it would be easier to plank if the frames were there to glue to. Might not be a good plan but we shall see.




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Hi Everyone, thank you for your comments and Likes. The plywood floor and the frames have been completed. Just a few photos to show the process. All of the frames had to be trimmed, filed and/or sanded to match the planking. So lots and lots of test fitting.
























Time to turn it over and resume planking.


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Hello Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the weekend. Thank you very much for the likes and comments. This week the boat was turned over and planking was resumed. This is a very clamp intensive model.  Only been doing one plank a day because of a lack of clamps. Picked up some 2 inch clamps at Princess Auto. Should have bought everyone they had.






Added some bracing between the stern post  and the bulkhead to keep the planks from cutting across that large space.




All of the planks except the last ones have gains cut in them at the stern post and the stem. It also helps to keep them positioned correctly when gluing.





All of the planks had to be trimmed a bit so there’s a lot of clamping, test fitting, removing, cutting, clamping…………









And now there are 9 planks on each side. Turned it over and started cleaning up the interior of the hull. Actually it wasn’t all that bad inside. I thought there would be more glue everywhere.






I think the next thing on the agenda is to cover each side of the stem, keel and stern post with 1/32” basswood. Doesn’t really need it but I think it will look better. Also trying to decide what colors to paint her.


Sorry, this photo is out of place.



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Hi Everyone, my thanks to all of you for the Likes. Patrick and Ian, thank you so much for the comments. A big storm blew through here yesterday and the power was down for 12 hours so I’m making up for lost time. Had a bit of 1/32” basswood so I started on veneering the stern post.






Have to get over to the hobby store this week to get some more.

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Hi Everyone, thank you for your Likes and Comments. They are always very nice to receive. The veneering of the stem, keel and stern post is finished.











I also spent a bit of time this week testing stain and paint colors. 





The Varithane Espresso turned out to be more black looking than brown so it may be used for the cabin roof. The Minwax Red Mahogany was tested where it will be covered by the deck. The gel stain didn’t cover all that well and it washed off a bit when applying the wipe on poly over it. I also ran a pencil along the tops of the planks to simulate caulking but didn’t really like that. But when the w-o-p was applied over it the graphite, or whatever they make pencils out of these days, it smeared around giving the planks a weathered kind of mildewed look. Between the next two ribs I grated some HB lead from a mechanical pencil and smooshed it around with w-o-p on a cotton swab.






That turned out pretty good. Kit supplied Obechi is being used for the floor boards to cover the plywood. The instructions say to score and draw lines on the plywood to simulate planks. The Obechi didn’t like the graphite. It has a deep grain in it. Started making thwarts out of pear to replace the plywood kit-supplied parts.










The third test area turned out too dark and blotchy because a second coat was applied before the first one dried. From that point on, the graphite was mixed in a bottle cap with the w-o-p and then applied. The deck boards were made using what I believe is pear also. 








The floor boards were then finished 









Next will be making more thwarts and then some work on the gunwales. See you next time.


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Hi Everyone, thanks for dropping by and many thanks for the Likes. I was going to work on the gunwale rails (Billings calls them rails ) but it seemed to me to be better to attach the side walls of the cabin first. These are the kit supplied rails that taper to an end about half way between the front of the cabin and the stern post.




If you install them first then the cabin wall would have to drop down to the gunwale strake (?) where they end. Thought there would be too much room for error there. I have some AYC left over from my Cheerful build so the plywood cabin walls will be replaced with it. I also broke one of the plywood parts. They are very tender where the porthole is cut in. 




The cabin walls curve then twist and then straighten out. At the halfway mark they stop following the planking and head inboard where they attach to the front of the cabin. Some 1/8” basswood parts where made to keep the walls on track.






CA was used from the stern post to the first bulkhead and then pva and clamps took over.






This is her after a first sanding and application of w-o-p. The red oxide is starting to grow on me.






The thwarts have also been finished.




I’ve been adding 1/16” x 1/16” strips of basswood along the top plank to give more gluing surface for the rail. Once they are completed the rails can be worked on.


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Hello Everyone, there is a bit more progress to show. Thanks to all of you for your comments and Likes. A template of the fore most frame was made so as to figure out where the rails would end.





The kit supplied rails where marked, cut and test fitted to the hull. Once they where close they where used as templates to make new rails out of 3/32” AYS. 





The port and starboard rails from the stern to midship were glued with pva and clamped. They were made extra wide because I thought it would be easier to trim them later than try to make them more accurately. 







The remainder of the rails up to the last frame before the stem were moistened, heated, clamped to the spaghetti pot and left overnight.








There is a piece of trim that runs under the rail from stem to stern. I used a piece of 1/16”x 1/8” AYS. It had to be shaped at the stern and edge bent at the stem. CA was used at each end and pva was used in between.






While all this was going on and glue was drying I started on the doors and trim for the front of the cabin.








 I had some 1/4” x#18 brass escutcheon pins laying around so they became the doorknobs. Now there’s just a whole bunch of planing and sanding to get the rails to the proper width. After that there is another piece of wood that runs along the top of the rail on its inboard edge









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Hi Cisco, thank you very much. Billings has this kit listed in their “ Experienced “ category but I think that if someone took their time with getting the planking right it would be a good project for anyone. I have a couple of wonky spots in the hull but overall it came out fairly straight. At 1/20 scale you sure don’t have to worry about tiny parts.

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Hey Everyone, thanks to all of you for your comments and Likes. This week was spent working on the rails. There is a plank that sits on its edge and runs along the outboard side of the rail. Half lap joints were used at both ends. The half lap scarf joint at the forward end should be tapered but this was just easier for mounting and gluing. The jig was made with scrap pieces of 3/64” plywood from the carrier sheet and the plank is 3/32” x 3/16”.








‘The four pieces of plank were glued on at the rate of one per day.








The forward port and starboard pieces required tapering and edge bending 




The symmetry at the bow is a little off.






Three thwarts had to be removed so that the belaying pins could be attached to their undersides. I forgot to do that. If you use the Billings parts there are holes burned right through them and they can be installed any time.




A few hours were spent sanding the rails and then they were given a coat of w-o-p. 



Been jumping back and forth between planking the front wall of the cabin and its roof.








The three outboard planks of the roof were glued together before mounting because the first two planks run off the roof before they reach the last bulkhead/frame. A rabbet was cut along the bottom underside to lower the profile where the planks overlap.










Finger holes were drilled in the deck planks for removal. They look larger than they actually are. My rough estimate puts them at 1.5 - 2 scale inches 




For a change of pace the portholes were “ glazed “. Saw someone using this product but can’t remember who. Thank you. It works very well. Placed the portholes on plastic wrap (Handiwrap) and put four drops in each one. Can’t really see them well but here they are after curing for 24 hours.






Next will be finishing the roof and the front of the cabin.




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that half-lap jig is genius.  I assume there is fine sandpaper on the bottom face of the block.  Do you cut the shoulder of the half lap with the hobby knife and then sand up to it?


and how are you rabbiting your planks?

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Hi Cisco, thanks very much for your comment. For the half laps I scored the plank with a razor knife and used the knife to cut a notch back to the scored line. Then sanded the plank with that 3/8”x 3/8” block. The block has 220 grit sand paper stuck to it with double sided tape.






The rabbets are made pretty well the same way. The plank is scored with the razor knife and then a chisel is used to remove most of the wood. The sanding block is used to clean up the rabbet. I’ve been using the Mirka sandpaper that I picked up at Lee Valley. It hangs in there for quite a while 









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Hi Everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks very much to everyone for their Likes and Comments. The week was started by revisiting the portholes. Wanted to see what they looked like if they were blackened. It may have been because I didn’t wait long enough before glazing them but the next day the glazing had reacted with the blackener and turned blue around the edges. Going to leave the portholes brass.






Continued planking the cabin roof. Should have pre-painted the planks where  they overhang the front of the cabin right from the get go but I wasn’t thinking.













Sanded for a couple of hours and then applied the first coat of Tamiya Dark Iron to the roof. Also resumed planking the front wall of the cabin.






Second coat of paint to the roof and finished planking the wall.






Opened up the holes for the portholes and gave the roof a third coat of paint.








Moved down to the bow and started shaping the last frame/bollard out of pear.




Next will be finishing the bow. Hope you all have a good week.

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Hey Everyone, I hope your week went well. Thanks so much for dropping by and for the Likes. Spent the week adding small bits and pieces starting with the braces that are mounted inboard of the grommets for the clew rigging. Made new ones out of pear.




They were mounted and the hole was drilled through the plank.




The drill bit was used as a guide to glue the grommet to the outboard side of the plank.







A plate for the hawse hole was made from 1/4”x 3/64” strip









I picked up a bag of aquarium pebbles at the Petsmart and used them for ballast. Glued them in with E6000 adhesive.








The portholes were installed along with knee braces on the front of the cabin wall. The belaying pins were shown in the plans as being flush with the top of the horizontal part of the rail but I decided to bring them up a little higher 









Then finally I started the chainplates. The plans show them being mounted though a hole in the rail but but mine were faked. The Billings parts ( on the right ) didn’t seem wide enough to drill a mounting hole in them so I used 1/16” brass strip. One end was bent to hook under the sheer strake ( as shown in the plans ) and the upper end was filed to a sharp edge so that it could be pushed up and under the trim strip beneath the rail.











Each strip was pushed into place to make a notch in the trim piece then removed and annealed. A hole was drilled and then it was blackened. Eye bolts will be mounted in the rail above each chainplate. A bit of CA was used to secure the nail in the hole.














Next comes the rudder and a stand. See you then. 


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