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Schooner Yacht Atlantic by Kevin from Hampton Roads - Scientific - Old kit started in 1988


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Yesterday while I was in the garage looking for tools I came across a model I started back in 1988/9. I never got a chance to finish the model because I joined the Navy. I thought this had been lost over the years so was a nice surprise.

I did not plan to start another build log until I was further along on the Ship's boat kit, but I need to soak some of the strips before I could continue. This gives me something to do while waiting on the other project.

 

I had completed the work on the hull and was working on the deck fixtures when i left off.

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I believe I still have all of the parts.

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The bulwark on the starboard side was cracked either from age or being banged around. All of the fixtures that had been fixed to the deck had fallen off.

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Today I just plan to glue the crack in the bulwark. I cut a piece of bamboo to use as a spreader to push the bulwark out while the glue dried.

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After the glue dries I will sand the crack and repaint the ship.

 

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I was searching the web and found these images of the Schooner Atlantic.Painting-of-the-original-Schooner-Atlant

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In 2010 a full size replica was built.

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In all of the pictures of the original Atlantic, the hull is a dark color and the reproduction the hull is black. The kit had me paint the hull ivory. I am thinking about changing the hull to black to better match the original. What do you think?

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I got some time to work on the Atlantic this weekend and here is where it is at. Greg, green is my favorite color,but I decided to paint it black to better match the original.

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I also made 25+ eye bolts from some very fine wire wrapped around 20 gauge wire. Then drilled and mounted them on the deck.

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I also mounted the bowsprit. I added some wood putty to fill in the gaps.

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I worked on the Mast and Bowsprit Spreaders. They are made from 20 gauge steel wire. The directions have you glue the stays to the end of the spreaders. I decided to add eyes to the end of the spreaders. It has been years since I have soldered anything smaller then copper pipe, but I figured I would try my luck. I dug out my old soldering iron but the only solder I could find was 3mm for plumbing. I did Ok on the mast spreaders despite the fact the soldering iron did not seem to be as hot as it should. The soldering iron actually stuck to the wire a couple of times.

The plan also has you solder the dolphin striker to bowsprit spreader. This is where a hotter iron would have been nice. After several failed attempts to solder the spreader and striker together, I decided to make the bowsprit parts out of wood dowel. After the parts dried I decided they were to large to use. I decided to give the soldering another try and I would skip soldering the parts together. The soldering iron worked perfectly today and the bowsprit parts came out looking than the mast spreaders.

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I found the old pennys looking through boxes of old model parts. Thought I would hold onto them to use for size comparison.

 

I started this model in 1988 and found it in the cabinet a couple of week ago. I realized last week the hull was never carved completely. There is about a 1/4" to much in the bow. I apparently only sanded and then painted it. Looking at it and seeing the hull not shaped correctly bothered me, but I kept telling myself that no one would notice. Well I did not listen. This evening I took the knife to it.

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It is still not the correct shape, but the bow has the correct rise and at the casual glance it looks correct.

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Had some free time today due to the weather, so I finished carving and sanding the hull. The instructions have no cross sections to check the hull with so the shaping of the hull was pure guess work. I decided that the keel should be more obvious.

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The next step is to paint the hull again this weekend.

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I have not made much progress of late. My shipyard in in my sun room and it is currently 52F.  I need to re-paint the hull on the Atlantic which requires me to re-mark the waterline. The cradle that came with the kit is not stable enough to mark a straight line so I made one from some scrape plywood. No if it would warm up enough to work I will get it painted.

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I have completed repainting the hull. I decided to go with pretty look, instead of authentic or real look. So I used semi gloss red and black paint for the hull. I figure the shiny paint will awe my audience and they won't notice any mistakes.

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The red paint is actually pretty thick. I used a black sharpie to mark the waterline. It took 3 coats to cover the marker. I will never us a sharpie again (fingers crossed, it usually takes a couple of times for me to learn from my mistakes).

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The black paint is a little thick as well. It was drying as fast as I put it on. I just looked over at my ship yard and spied the ceiling fan running on high. A little late I guess.

 

Well I guess I can't put off working on the masts and rigging any longer.

 

Till next time, see Ya!

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Today I finished putting the Masts together. The instructions have you cut 1/16" strips of paper and wrap it around the mast 5 times, then around the mast and topmast 4 times.

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The first attempt looked better than I was expecting, but was to large. I thought about making the caps out of wood. I made 1 from a scrap piece of wood as a trial. It only looked marginally better than the paper and involved a lot of sanding and shaping. I decided to stick with the paper strips. 

Here is how they turned out.

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Kevin,

 

I was glad to see how the paper strip mast assembly worked out. My Scientific kit Bounty uses the same technique, and I was worried how well it would work. I am a couple of steps from building my masts.

 

Following you build with great interest.

 

UncleDuck 

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