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HM Schooner Ballahoo by egkb - Caldercraft - 1:64 Scale - First Proper Wood Build

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Hi All,

 

This is my first proper wooden boat build, I say proper because some time ago I began building the Bounty from those magazines that came every week (you may be familiar with them) and though she turned out reasonable enough (I'm about 80% complete, just the Rigging to finish) the instructions (there was no 'plan', just text with photos) left a lot to be desired and makes even the simplest task awkward.

Last Summer I came across MSW and having read and followed many build logs I decided to buy a proper kit, in fact I bought 3 over the past few months! Sherbourne, Convulsion & Ballahoo all at 1:64 and all Smallish Vessels (This is just a personal preference)

Anyhoo, I have decided to do Ballahoo first, and possibly stagger the others over the coming months.

(The first time I opened the box and was hit by that pleasant wood smell, reminded me of those old wooden pencil cases from school :)  Oh! and it was great to unfold 'actual' plans too!)

 

Right lets begin..

 

Whilst the Keel and Bulkheads were still in their 'Matrix' (or whatever the wooden surround is called) I oriented the Matrix to the appropriate instruction sheet (in the Booklet) and numbered each piece, as some of those bulkheads may end up in the wrong slots on the Plywood Keel (am sure it would be easy to spot, but why take the chance)

I then removed the Ply Keel and all the Bulkheads using a Jewellers Saw (tried using a craft knife but ended up having to apply pressure, which didn't sound like a great idea) All items once freed got a light sanding and were then 'Dry' Fitted (see Photos) So Far So Good..

 

I shall cut a Rabbet and Bearding Line etc (as per Jim Smits and his Ballahoo) though the Plans/Instructions do not call for them, it seems logical when you take the Ply Keel dimensions and 2 layers of Planks into consideration.

 

Should anyone wish to offer advice, please feel free to do so.. it all helps and I would be very grateful.

 

Take Care

 

Eamonn

 

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Hi Eamonn

 

I see you are off to a fine start on your build the Ballahoo. Your ship looks some what like the fishing schooner Annie M. Parker that my Great Grand Father commanded in the early 1900s, I am trying to track down drawings so that I can build a model of her after I complete the HMS Victory. I wish you all the luck, just take your time and above all Enjoy.

 

Regards Lawrence

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Thanks for checking in guys and for the Likes, it really does give encouragement!

 

Nigel, I will be attempting them all, but staggered by a few weeks or so. Admittedly there may be a bit of a gap at the beginning so that I can get my head around things (and it is a Cold Build Room too at this time of year :)

 

Thanks Again Folks

 

Eamonn

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Greetings Eamonn,

 

Glad to see another Ballahoo on the stocks. I started mine just after Christmas but have been struck down with a bit of a stomach bug and am taking some time to get over it, penalty of old age I expect.

 

One thing I did notice is that the #2 bulkhead on mine stopped a little short of the bearding line so I've had to beef it up a bit. Have you noticed any similar problem?

 

I must ask; in your photos are the B/heads glued in place or are they dry fitted?

I ask because I am planning on 1st planking before attaching the keel proper and have and bevelled the false keel for the rabbet. Now I wonder if I will be able to get an accurate fit later after 1st planking. What's your plan?

 

Patrick M.

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Hi Eamonn

 

Congratulations on starting your build log which I will follow with great interest, the very best of luck.

 

Regards

 

Glyn

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Thanks for stopping by Glyn (perhaps I'll have the beginnings of a Convulsion in the coming weeks) :)

 

Hi Patrick, My bulkheads were only dry-fitted and have been removed from the Ply Keel at present so that I can begin bevelling, they will be re-fitted (again 'Dry') to establish Bearding lines etc. It is too soon for me to notice any shortfalls in the bulkheads as this was purely a fit test, though I suspect I will fit the Walnut Keel (after cutting/filing a Rabbet) but will leave off the Rudder Post till much later. So she will be planked with the Keel in place! (I have just had a quick look at the photo (above) showing No.2 B/Head and it seems to be a little high also, will have to give this area a serious examining when they go back on!)

Having said all that, I planked my Bounty (both layers) before fitting Keel, Rudder Post and 'Bow' Piece, I used walnut coloured filler to take care of any gaps and you would need to look very closely at these areas to spot the 'filler' (Bounty is coated using Danish Oil, put on with a cloth) If you plan on painting the Hull then you really shouldn't have a problem (besides you would probably have to turn her upside down to notice any filled errors, and even then it would be next to impossible :)

 

Thanks again Guys

 

Eamonn

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Off to a nice start - mind if I follow as well?  I am partial to schooners, just like the lines and simplicity!

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No worries Wayne, I've been following your Emma C.. Talk about pleasing lines on a boat!! I think there will be one in my future (hopefully a distributor will set up this side of the pond, unfortunately they are expensive to have shipped over !)

 

Take Care

 

Eamonn

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Hi Eamonn,

 

The Ballahoo has become a very popular build and on my list for a future build!  

Your photos show you're off to a good start and I will be following!

 

Cheers!

 

Dee Dee 

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Thanks Dee Dee and Jim for dropping by, remember if you have any advice then please don't hesitate to put me right (this goes for all ye folks out there too) :)

 

Next up is a spot of bulkhead bevelling, then Rabbeting & Bearding (Then contacting Caldercraft for replacement parts 'cos I made a mess of things :) )

 

Eamonn

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Small Update:

I now have the Bulkheads sitting flush with the top of the 'False' keel (ie at their correct depth) and have begun to draw the Rabbet/Bearding line.

Patrick (Ganymede) Bulkhead No 2 does indeed seen to sit a few mm higher than the others (at the bottom that is, nearest the Rabbet area) I cut out the 4 Plank Termination Patterns (part No's. 13 & 14) and dry fitted them, showing that B/Head 2 is higher, not sure yet what action I'll take as I haven't shaped that area yet ie bevelled the Bulk Heads,  I'll ask Jim if he encountered any similar issues.

 

Eamonn

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Another small update: Bulkheads are now roughly bevelled to the correct shape. and I have the beginnings of a Rabbet in place and a Bearding line in place, am trying to decide whether Bow and Stern Filler Blocks will be needed (I had planned on putting them in but not so sure they are required now! will have to see) normal filler blocks filler blocks will be put in place between the B/Heads.

 

That's All For Now Folks.

 

Eamonn

BTW.. Does anybody have any passing thoughts re the Bow & Stern Filler Blocks? (it is a very small area to fill  on these boats!)

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I certainly found the bow and stern filler blocks useful for the planking in those areas. I don't think I could have done without them.

 

Tony

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Thanks for stopping by Nigel and for the advice.

 

Remember to shout out if you see me about to make gaff.. :) (unless of course I actually am making a Gaff for the boat! :) )

 

Eamonn

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Makes perfect sense Nigel, in fact I am at that point right now, I had marked in the Rabbet and was looking at where the Bulkheads lower parts sit in relation to where said Rabbet should go (along the join of the false keel former and the actual keel piece) compared to where it actually fits! (Parts of the Rabbet seem like it should be a few mill higher, particularly at the first 3 B/Heads near the bow)

I'll follow your advice in this and leave off the Keel Pieces until later, then carve the Rabbet based on the result!

I think I'm ok at the stern re Bearding Line and Rabbet there as it needed to be thinned regardless, the bow was the thing that made me stop and think (then up popped your advice :).. result!)

 

Eamonn

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Hi Eamonn

 

It looks like you are getting all kinds of help, I knew that you would. Yes I like the rabbit joint on the bow, it allows the planks to lay in a lot better, other wise you end up sanding the planking to thin. I will follow along and watch and enjoy your schooner grow into life,    Enjoy.

 

Regards   Lawrence

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Thanks for stopping by Lawrence, I figured the planks would be wafer thin without it, especially at the stern where there was only about .5mm per side difference between the 'false' keel former and the stern post ! (double planked into .5 mm hmmmm that is seriously thin :) )

 

Eamonn

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And Another Update, featuring Real Life Actual Photos This Time.. I'm really spoiling ye all  :)

 

Anyhoo..

I fixed up a building board and clamped the keel between two pair of 90 degree angles, would recommend getting these in line with each other least you induce a 'nice' bend in the keel!!

This let me set the keel down Level and Perpendicular with the board and allowed me to glue fit two bulkheads in place. I dry fitted another Bulkhead at the stern (B/Head No. 10, I think) which enabled me to put the deck in place (centred) to help align the 2 glued B/H's (the Red Clamp is just to keep the deck piece flush with the Keel)

 

I will let the glue set before continuing with the B/H's.

 

Question Time :)  (See Arrow on 2nd Image)

I notice that the 'aft most' outside edges of the B/H's sit out from the Deck piece slightly by 1 or 2 mm (Remembering the 'fore' parts are only roughly bevelled at this stage) as things stand this would leave a gap where the Bulwarks will meet the deck at a later stage ! Deck planking would of course solve this, but my Question is.. Should I sand these bulkheads flush with the deck?  I know that the 'fore' corner/edge of these B/H's is to be bevelled properly, but should I sand the rear corner/edges too (just the top 1 or 2 cm's where the Bulwarks would go, these 'Horns' are to be removed later anyhow) ?

Hope that question makes sense.

btw, the 2 bulkheads are fairly level with each other (perhaps 1mm or so out) it's just my photography that isn't 'level'.. :)

 

Take Care Folks.

 

Eamonn

 

 

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Thanks Andy, I haven't looked that far ahead yet (re planking inside the Bulwark) but I'm pretty sure there is.  I have just put a couple more B/H's in place and they sit nicely with the deck so I think you've nailed it in that it isn't something to worry about. Besides a few delicate taps with a sledgehammer should cure it.. ahem :huh:

 

Thanks for the advice and for looking in at the build.

 

Eamonn

 

Edit.. Hi Nigel, just spotted your post after I had done this one.. shouldn't be too hard to sand down if it proves to be an issue, we are only talking a mm or so, as Andy says, may be nothing to worry about!

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Hi Eamonn

 

I like to draw a line around the bow center frame, you know where the hull planking will touch the mane frame, at the out side of the hull planking. I then take a sharp knife and make a cut around the same depth as the thickness of your hull planks.  I then take and chisel out a grove so that when I hold a up the end of a hull plank it will lay  in this grove that I have just cut, leaving you with a nice flowing line to plank your bow planking. Hope this helps,    Enjoy.

 

Regards   Lawrence

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Hi Lawrence, is that the illusive 'Rabbet' or am I picking you up wrong? if it is the Rabbet then 'Yup' that is exactly what I'll be doing later (following Nigel's advice in an earlier post) he recommends to do the first layer of planking before cutting the Rabbet, that way you can see exactly where it goes, and before attaching the Keel sections to make sanding this first layer easier.

Have I picked you up right, or have I shoot off down a wrong turning? :)

 

Actually on re reading your post I think I did take that 'wrong turning' and am now driving in the opposite direction :)

 

Eamonn

 

Edit.. Would I be a pain to ask if you have any pictures?

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Ok Then, all Bulkheads in place and glue is setting as we speak.  That last one was a bit of a faf.. (No. 11, it isn't supported like the others but perches on the end of the keel former) I didn't use wood glue on this one but an 2 part epoxy, for extra security. 

Don't have any photos as that last B/Head is being held in place by a system of elastic bands, a clamp AND a Tape Measure (don't ask :) )  Will Post some tomorrow though!

 

Next up the Filler Blocks at the Bow & Stern, most likely will put small blocks in place between all other Bulk Heads to keep things rigid as I finish bevelling. 

 

All The Best

 

Eamonn

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Thanks J.. I was just over at your Build a moment ago :)

 

Eamonn

 

 

Did I mention that I love the Emma, I'm not sure if I did... ahem ahem :P

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Just some photos of the latest additions (to go with my Post No. 32 above).. All the Bulkheads are glued in position, the deck is only 'dry-fitted' to assist in aligning the B/Heads.

 

In the Stern on shot, you may just be able to make out the 'thinning' of the Keel where the Stern Post will go to assist later planking (it is the beginnings of the Rabbet) but following great advice I haven't extended the Rabbet forward, this won't be done until 2nd planking (Thanks again to all those who are helping me along, it is much appreciated!)

 

Sláinte,

 

Eamonn

 

 

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