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San Francisco II by Danny White - Artesansia Latina - 1/90

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This is my first build of this scale. I did one practice build on a beginner kit.

Began my San Francisco II build Nov 14th of 2013 

This is how it starts out

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By the end of November I had made some progress.

One thing I did that I haven't seen on the build logs was to layout all of the planks and sort them by color.

So the dark planks are on the bottom of the hull and moving to the lighter planks that will line the bulwarks.

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December 1st - The sides are fully planked - also a shot of the stern.

The plans call to double the pin nails on all of the planks and in so doing, I ended up running out of pin nails.

I found some brass colored memory wire and used that instead. It worked fine.

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Hi Danny

 

Excellent work so far.  Your planking looks fantastic.  I'm always afraid that the pin nails will split the planks.  Did you first drill pilot holes for the pins?

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The planking was painful. Several broken pieces. For the most part I did not pre-drill. The few exceptions were if I were pinning an end piece and there wasn't much stock on one side. Also where the strakes got thin at the bow, I pre-drilled them.

Thanks for your compliments

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Cutting out all of those gun ports was also painful.

Lesson Learnt - I was only gluing the strakes at the ribs. But when you cut out the gun ports, the strakes that had a little bend in them straighten out or worse - fall out.

Next time I will glue the planks to each other, especially just below the bulwarks there gun ports will be cut out.

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Took a little time off during Christmas to go visit my newest (3rd) grandson down in Florida,

Back to the Build - January 17th

 

Note that I had to shorten the spindles that support the rails above the bulwarks.

I actually used the Dremmel to shorten them by about 2mm so the rails would line-up.

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I thought for sure i was missing some pieces. The kit says the grates that go over the holds are made of metal.

Searched through all the bins to no avail. Then I realized that in one of the plastic bins, there was a bag of wooden slats with notches. I figured out that those fit together to form the crosshatch pattern and they replace the metal ones.

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Feb 14 - Still Snowing outside. More build time.

But I did have to stop early to take my wife to dinner for Valentine's Day.

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It took me too long but I finally got around to building a stand.

I should have made the stand after I had the hull planked. Much nicer to work on the ship with it solidly resting on the stand.

 

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Feb 19th - Masts have been dry fitted. It looks like the details in the kit for running the rigging is woefully inadequate.

I am having to study the pictures in great detail to determine how the lines are fashioned and rigged.

Looks like it is time to do some research.

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Welcome again Danny and I am so glad to see your first build log!

 

Not only have you made a lot of progress in such short time but it is looking fantastic already!  I genuinely look forward to watching it progress from here, but hope you get to enjoy your modelling without necessarily being snowbound haha

 

Thank you also for the tip about sorting out the planks by colour before you begin.  That makes such sense when reading it but not something I would have thought about until too late.

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Cutting out all of those gun ports was also painful.

Lesson Learnt - I was only gluing the strakes at the ribs. But when you cut out the gun ports, the strakes that had a little bend in them straighten out or worse - fall out.

Next time I will glue the planks to each other, especially up at the bulwarks there gun ports will be cut out.

 

Hi Danny - welcome to MSW!  You are certainly off to a good start, thanks for bringing us up to date on your progress.

 

About edge gluing the planks for future builds, I highly recommend it.  It adds a lot of strength and rigidity to the hull and makes for a more stable form.  Doing it for all the planks, not just where the gunports are cut out, is a good idea.

 

Looking forward to seeing your progress as you move forward.

 

Bob

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Yet another lesson learnt - CA glue is flammable.

I was reading through several logs and saw that a way to get rid of the FUZZIES is to burn them.

I used this concept on several of the lines and they looked great.

However, I used it on the Ratlines on the Fore Starboard side while the CA glue was still volatile and WOOF!

The forward most shroud caught fire and burned along with the ratlines. I had to cut out the shrouds and start over.

 
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Starboard side complete!!

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Now on to the port side

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Well, not too much snow lately but it was only 5F this morning (-15C) so more time to work on the SF2.

 

YEAH! All of the lower ratlines are finished.

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Danny. I have the same model and can only hope it turns out as nice as yours. My problem is I have no plans. If you get done with yours I would really like to buy your plan book. All I have is the pictures. Your model looks great.

Tominrescue@gmail.com

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Hi again Danny!

 

Wow, the ratlines are coming along fantastically!

 

I have to admit you made my heart stop when I read the words "lesson learnt - CA Glue is flammable" !!   I am very happy to see you still have a ship for me to follow along with haha

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