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Dragon by Borge - Billing Boats - sail yacht - 582-scale 1:12


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The first Dragen was built in 1929 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The sailing
characteristics of the vessel were so fine that the boat soon was used throughout
the world, and especially in Europe. As time passed, the Dragen changed
gradually, so that today only the hull is original. In 1948 the Dragen became an
Olympic yachting class, and all measurements have been standardized by the
international Sailsport Union.

 

 

 

I started this kit about 25 years ago, had it stored in my garage since then.

Then i got interested again, and started to rebuild/restore here.

It turned out to be a fun project, and joining the MSW only made it better, a lot of helpful people with a ton of knowledge.

 

The build will continue, but first upload the buildlog pictures.

 

I had a big job ahead, it looked like a stranded ship wreck.

 

Børge :)

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Some pictures of the planking progress.

At first i was in doubt if i should double plank or single plank the hull. Doble planking might be easier as you get a better base for laying the planks, but i desided to try single planking. There was some trail and errors, but with careful measuring and a lot of sanding and steaming of the planks it turned out ok.

This was the first time i had to use stealers, but with good help from MSW members i managed to fit them to.

 

Børge

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Making the deck framing, and planking.

 

I made a frame of Mahogany in 4 pcs.that i cut out of a sheet of 2mm Mahogany.

First i glued a thin sheet of balsa to the deck to support the planking, installed the framing losely on paper so i could put the end of the plank under the frame to make a accurate marking for the cutting of the plank.

 

I was very satisfied with the result

 

Børge

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I still love the way you did that deck sheer Borge.

Thanks Popeye, it was a lot o work but it looked nice when done. Couldnt go for the original idea of a single Mahogany deck, nope.

As we both love to do, a "bit" :) of kit bashing that make the models stand out as a one of a kind, the ideas just come flying in when building.

Thats a  great part of modelbuilding, being creative. )

 

Børge

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The build of the cabin.

First i made a jig to be able to bend the cabin sidewalls, and aft part.

I maybe stretched some laws in bending when making the rear part, it was just before it splintered when doing the 90 degree bending.

When glueing the sidewalls and rear part together i use aluminium foil between the pieces so it didnt stick to the jig.

The plans called for a dummy sliding hatch, nope...

I had to make a working hatch :).

 

Børge

 

 

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I missed this Børge….

 

She is still a beauty.

Glad that you post her back.

 

Sjors

Hi Sjors

 

Yes she is nice, and will be nicer  :)

I am having a major cleanup in my hobbyroom at the moment, it looks like WW3  ;D.

To many projects, to many things. You know when you collect all sort of "handy" stuff you think will com to use sometime......

 

Børge

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Some more photos of the cabin installed, and some fitting installed.

lower deck sides covered with 0,5mm veener.

Benches completed, and put in place.

Fitting of the mast, and boom with some fittings installed.

Made a mast support on the lathe to fit in the front of the cabin.

Most of the deck fitings is now in place.

 

Børge

 

 

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Pictures from making the channel for the main sail.

Started with a wooden channel, but it was to tight for the sail when inlayrope was installed, so it cracked :o

I then went for a aluminium profile, and that was working well. Had to find a way to connect the two lenghts i was using.

Welding was out of the question, to small. Then i searched the net about soldering aluminium, and found a great solution for this purpose. Alutite is  a alloy for heating with a open flame, and melts before the alu melts, works like soldering, and is strong

www.alutite.se

 

Børge

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I can't find the right word Borge.........she looks just super superbly fantastic!  you knocked this one right out of the ballpark!  you are truly a metal master as well!  I am so jealous.........you made your  "masterpiece"......and I love those sails.......WOW!!!

Thanks Popeye, thats a lot of nice words my friend. and its higly apreciated

 

Børge

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