jre8655 Posted February 20, 2014 Share #1 Posted February 20, 2014 This will be my second build. I completed the Schooner Bluenose (scale 1:100) and set about deciding which ship to build next. Thanks to the Admiral, I have several kits to choose from. These were purchased over a two and a half year period following my decision to retire…for good. The Admiral asked me what I wanted to do in retirement and I said build model ships. I made a list and when the kits came on sale I would purchase them. I now have nine from which to choose. I rolled the bones and read the signs. The spirits told me to build the Mayflower next. Actually, I looked at them in chronological order. The Mayflower would be first because it was built, date wise, before any of the others for which I have kits. Since the Bluenose was a Model Shipways Kit and seemed to be very well designed, had a good set of instructions, and very good material I look forward to building the Model Shipways Mayflower based on the experience I had with the Bluenose. I also sought out the build logs that are posted on the forum for this same kit. Opening and inventorying the kit was not all that time consuming. The parts list gives a very good description of each piece and the way the kit is packaged makes it a snap to find everything. The four sheets of plans are large (I can see them without my glasses) and quite detailed. I spent about an hour reading through the instruction manual and surprised at how well the construction is broken down and described. Step one was to cut loose the keel. It came right out and is straight and warp free. The keel has a Bearding Line etched on the starboard side at the stern. Using a French Curve I marked and transferred that line to the port side. There is a Rabbet Strip that needs to be glued to the bottom of the keel from the stern all the way forward and up the bow. I soaked this strip for about half an hour and clamped it in place to dry. Once this is glued the keel is tapered, along with the Rabbet Strip, to a thickness of 3/32”. I hope to get all this done before our two year old grandson finds me. All observations, criticism, advice, and comments are welcome and encouraged. I sure don’t consider myself any sort of expert after just one build. So here’s hoping that everything works according to plan…and instructions! riverboat and yvesvidal 2 Quote Jack Builds: Bluenose (Model Shipways 1:100) Cutty Sark (Mini Mamoli) Mayflower (Model Shipways) Queen Anne's Revenge Ghostbusters Proton Pack Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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