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Scottish Maid by Glennard - FINISHED - Artesania Latina


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This is my first ever boat build. The build is nearing completion and I used this project to learn some or the skills necessary for my next build.

 

In this build log I will add photos and where necessary highlight the errors I made during the build phase.

 

In this first post I have added the pictures for the basic hull assembly prior to the shaping and first planking.

 

I dry fitted the sections prior to gluing and where necessary filed the joints to ensure a proper fit.

 

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In this second post I have added photos of the deck planking and hull shaping.

 

I did not make shorter deck planks which could have been offset when fitted which was an error. Also I did not replicate the caulking. I intend to made some test pieces to see which of the methods for caulking works best.

 

The AL instructions were not very clear regarding the hull shaping so it was done by trial and error. I did not get it 100% right, which became evident as the hull planking progressed particularly around the stern area.

 

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Here is the next set of photos of the hull planking.

 

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You can see below the problem had I with the hull planking by not getting the hull shaping correct.

 

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I also added the first part of the deck detail.

 

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And my ever expanding set of modelling tools!

 

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The next phase of the build, some more top side detail added.

 

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Started the out hull planking. The first problem was the 2nd plank strips were not in the AL kit, so I had to order a new set from CMB.

 

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The were no clear instructions or picture on how this bit should look, I don't think I got it right but with a bit more work I got to a workable solution!.

 

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It took time and effort with the next section

 

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Hi Stan

I have been building the boat for the last 10 weeks and being new to the site will add the build picture in different posts. In answer to your question I will experiment with deck nails with my test hull plank build over the next couple of weeks.

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Next stage of build

 

 

 

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Started adding the deck detail, starting with the rudder control.

 

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Finally added the bow spirit, it took some time to taper the dowels, just using sandpaper. For the masts and spurs I invested in a vary speed drill which I was able to use with the sandpaper which speeds the process up no end.

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Hi Glennard,

 

She is looking good and I think your planking turned out fine,you are doing a fantastic job. 

 

As you have probably worked out by now, I would not rely on AL's instructions for any detailed steps as they are fairly vague and I think they rely on the modeller to have some degree of experience, which is not a good thing for fiirst time builders, thank goodness for sites such as this one :D 

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Moving forward, the following show the next phase of build

 

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I didn't make a good of this dead eye, but I got better with the other ones.

 

I wish I had used beeswax on the rigging, that was a rookie error on my part.

 

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Adding the ratlines was not as bad as I first thought, using a cardboard template helped, and watched a useful video on YouTube, which ensured I used the glove hitch.

 

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Once again the AL kit was missing a key piece, in this time it was the brass jaw which connects the boon to the fore mast. I managed to engineer a suitable part using wood and once installed looked the part.

 

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I installed the bottom fore mast spur last night, so I only have the top two fore mast spurs to fit to and rig, fingers crossed I will complete by the end of the week, which is just as well as the HMS Victory - Caldercraft is now waiting in the wings as the kit arrives today from CMB.

 

 

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Hi Glennard,

 

You have done a fantstic job on your Scottish Maid she looks great. I look forward to seeing the final pics of her once completed and also to following  your  progress with next project 'Victory'  when you start her.  :D 

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  • 3 weeks later...

This is also my first build. If I understand correctly the outer planking strips were missing from your kit. My problem, which I only discovered after opening the kit at Christmas is that the first layer strips are missing; I'm goiing to contact the supplier. the number of outer planks looks rather meagre - enough to do the job but with vey little to spare in case of errors. Are these common problems with Artesania? For the price it certainly should not be.

The planking intructions would not produce a planking layout close to that of a real ship - I don't think they would ever have odd bits in the middle to fit in gaps. Maybe you need more advance single planked hull kits to get this (?)

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My point (or one of them) was that the planking scheme given by the AL instructions does not give the same result as that described in David Antscherl's "A primer on planking" given in the tutorials section of the Building Framing and Planking forum. Antscherl's method is more demanding as it requires far more shaping of the planks, but presumably gives a more accurate representation of the way it would be done in an actual vessel. I could be wrong, but that's what I deduce from that and other tutorials in the same section. Al's method is certainly a simpler method of veneering the hull, but probably compromises realism.

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Having built 5 wooden kits now, I would not recommend any Artesania kit as a first build. My first Atresania kit, the Mayflower, had belaying pins, eyes bolts and blocks in insufficient number (which are easy to get), but the rigging plans were ambiguous and contradictory. Instructions for planking are, ate best, vague. In addition to this, the box photo of the Mayflower shows hardwood outer planking on the complete hull but the instructions show that the hull should be painted white below the waterline. Artesania do not supply enough outer planking to complete the hull. I tried to order more from Artesania via my local model shop, order confirmed by Artesania in Spain, etc. After waiting four months, I gave up and bought more online. Missing parts appear to be commonplace and seem to be a problem to resolve.

 

My current build is the Scottish Maid and my problems with the stern transom brought me to this website. This new kit has had many problems familiar to other members; when it first arrived the outer planking was missing, as was one sheet of laser cut walnut parts (I had two sheets 'C' no sheet 'B') and some metal fittings were also missing. I'm English but I live in Poland, so, the model came from China to Poland to me, then to Spain, back from Spain to Poland and still has one metal part missing.

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Hey Glennard, I believe in terms of modelling experience I'm in a similar situation to you were in while beginning this build. Iv had a brief introduction to planking and rigging on the one built iv done, the rather amateur yet also challenging Viking boat, also by AL (will download images of build soon) But I'm about to start my Scottish Maid that's been sitting here for some time. As you know the instructions are sketchy at best and iv had little luck finding build logs of her on the net. The best iv found (by some margin) is yours. So thankyou!

 

Just wondering if you came across any other plans or logs that you came across in your journey that you could recommend? Any advice or tips would also be very gratefully appreciated! Thanks again. Danny

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