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USS Perry by Jeff Preisler - BlueJacket Shipcrafters - Scale 1/8" = 1'


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The Perry was launched in May 1843 by the Norfolk naval Yard and commissioned 13 OCT 1843, Comdr. Samuel F. Du Pont in command.

 

I decided on this kit as I want to try an actual ship model with more complicated rigging, and I figured this will be a good one to start with as I really like the looks and history of this model.

This is a solid hulled model so my 1st steps were to cut out all hull and deck templates which I laminated to card stock. I proceeded to prepare the deck surfaces with a good sanding then established the centerline.  Using the deck templates as a guide, I marked the hull template locations and then traced the deck outlines out on the hull.  Using my rasp, I shaped the hull to match the deck out line, then established the correct bow and stern curves with kit supplied templates.  Lastly, I worked the hull to its finished shape by checking progress with hull templates.  After approx. 10 hours over 3 days, and a very messy workbench I was able to get this step complete.

           

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Cut the recess in hull sides at quarter deck and forecastle deck, then cut in the main deck 1/32".  Next laminated the inner bulwarks to the outer bulwarks, after dry I used my heat gun to curve the bulwarks at bow.  At the forecastle deck I removed to much material when sanding to shape so I used scrap wood for filler along with putty.  I'm finding this hull to be a little more challenging than the other Bluejacket kits that I had built, but that is a good thing as I'm gaining experience and learning from my mistakes.  The other build threads on this same kit are very helpful to me.

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One mistake I made was when attaching deck, I wasn't careful and did not butt up the seam good as illustrated in 1st photo.  I didn't like this, so I cut an 1/8" notch down the centerline then used scrap deck material and ripped a 1/8" wide strip and glued in place as shown in the photos.  Most of that seam will be covered by deck furniture but you would have seen some of that seam and it would've bothered me.  Live and learn. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Drilled a 3/16" hole for rudder shaft, proceeded to install gammon knee, stern post and keel.  I added a couple of filler pieces between gammon knee and keel plank to fill in a gap from my over-sanding.  Using Bondo automotive spot putty I filled in all sanding defects, then gave a final sanding before priming.  After 1st coat of primer, I used some vinyl spackling to fill in a low area on hull side and a few small scratches.  After my final 3rd coat of primer and final sanding I'm ready for paint. 

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19 hours ago, mtaylor said:

Looks good and that with the flying boat on the box behind makes an interesting statement.    

I was just reviewing one of my future projects and hadn't put it away yet, but I did think it would make an interesting back drop for a photo.🙂

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Just completed the painting of the hull, a couple of areas I will have to touch up, but overall, I'm pleased with the result.  Next, I'm going to try to figure out a good way to get that greenish patina on the copper.  If anyone has any ideas on how to achieve that look, I'm open to suggestions.  I may try dry brushing some pastel powders on some copper painted scrap wood or using my airbrush with the correct green color which I'm still trying to figure out.

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3 hours ago, mtaylor said:

Do a search here one MSW for copper patina.  More than few have done it,   I'd suggest starting the Painting and Finishing area.  We do have a search feature here... upper right hand corner.

Thank you, I will do that.

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                This is an experimentation for me as my 1st time trying to simulate Pantina.  It's probably not over-kill in real world, but to me, it appears a bit much for the model.  I'm going to try buffing this out a little and will post pictures of my results.  If I still do not like, I will just re-mask and repaint. 

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After buffing out with 1000 grit sandpaper I dry brushed some copper to tone down some of the green, better, but I'm still deciding if I should leave it alone at this point or tweak it some more.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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4 hours ago, MrBlueJacket said:

That's looking pretty good. Here's a shot of our gallery model:

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4 hours ago, MrBlueJacket said:

That's looking pretty good. Here's a shot of our gallery model:

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Thank you for the photo Nic, very helpful comparison.  I have to get over the shiny copper look and go with realism. 

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