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Mayflower 1620 by jnarro - Model Shipways - 5/32" scale

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I´ve been a plastic modeler all my life and now it´s time to start a new adventure.


I choose the Mayflower because it´s significant and historic value, it´s pretty and of a good size; so I hope to finish this project happily.


I intend to build a decent log of the building process, all of my tools are ready I feel ready and may the force be with me...


So here is the box and what it´s inside; everything seems OK, I intend to build this ship very carefully and by the book as much as possible






The first thing is to glue the Rabbet Strip along the bottom of the bulkhead, but the stern has to be tapered from 3/16" to 3/32", so I decided to do this first and then glue the Rabbet Strip.


For making my job easier i made a strip of yellow Masking tape 3/32" wide and glued to the bottom as much precise as I could, for an easy sanding.






Then I used a Squadron Shop coarse filing stick for the sanding with a finishing touch of Micromesh 1800 (green), looks that the tapared section is ready.






So far this is my beginning, next step is gluing the Rabbet Strip, I will attach in my next post this.


Please any help you experts can give will be very, very much appreciated, if any of you start building plastic model airplanes I can be of help!!

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OK the first thing to do is to glue in place the Rabbet Strip, and let it sleep a whole night, this was done very easily...






I´ts a very simple operation, but being my first Wood Ship I am very very careful!




The next step is to Assemble the bulkheads, to be honest with this laser cuts and nice engraved lines I thought that this step were going to be an easy one but...


It looked like the never ending sanding story, oh my!!!!!


I decided to start from the center to the Stern first and then do the opposite, I took a lot of images as I was fitting every bulkead.




Of course the first one took me almost an hour, I was trying every sand stik, and files I have , in the end a very urgent trip to the nearest Home Depot save the day!










And this morning the rest of the bulkheads were fitted and waiting for the glue, so much work and I am still in page 1 of the Instruction Manual.








I hope to post in the next days the bulkheads already glued


Thanks for stopby and any comment will be greatly appreciated!!!!!






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Here it goes!


The nex step is gluing the bulkheads so I decided to start from Bow and work backwards to the Stern. in order to check the alignment with my drafting rule, I used a 30-60-90 degree one.


As a good rookie, I made a couple of mistakes that I was able to correct on time, I am using as a primary glue the Elmer´s Carpenter, is a wonderful glue but but is an unforgiving one, once dried is like a stone.


So I will start attaching the photos of the gluing process.






I found that some of the bulkeads are not completely flat so I have to even the misalignment a little bit.






I found that Aluminum is great for using as a tool so I am using a pair in order to secure the alignmement, those are the long black pieces.




Then I discovered my first mistake; I glued the wrong bow fillers so I have to be very careful in removing them in order to glue the right ones, so in the end everything went well.




Next the Port side fore fillers were sanded and attach in position; and painted black.




Walking to the Stern I found that a wrong bulkhead was glued so another surgery was needed, and I think that will pose no problem at all.












The last thing for the day was to dry fit and glue the dummy cannon support strips.






So after a good night rest the skeleton is glued, I will reinforce it with hot glue anyway, just in case...










I will continue next week, as today is Good Friday and time for meditation and thought.


Thank you for passing by, any comment will be very welcome!!!!


I finally was able today to keep on my Mayflower building, so I will post more images of my building process.


Next step is to make the gunports, this is a little tricky issue but the plans are excellent so it only took some time.








Next step is working the Stern structure and Bow eye bolt, comparing to the gun ports this is a quite easy task












The dry fitting of the false decks is next, I found that the kit is very well built  and some sanding needed but not a heavy sanding, so I just adjusted the bulkheads with my Dremel and after I liked the fitting I proceeded to glue the Main (false) Deck.










Next will be to complete the false decks gluing, I will post more images.


I need to praise the quality of the instructions and plans of this kit, I think I made the right choice for my first wood ship.


Any comment will be very much appreciated!!!!


It´s been so long since my last post, what a shame, a new full time job, a long everyday commute and the absolut panic because the planking moment is near!!!!  I finnaly had some courage and kept the pace in my buiding this beautiful little Mayflower, so here are more images.


First the false decks gluing.


Then was time for the Stern planking, the first layer on the counter was so much easier than I thought, 


after drying I decided to apply some wood filler in order to smoothen the rounded surface.


Noe was the time for the second layer of the planking, now I started to feel a little more confident in my building, after so many years of plastic modeling!!



Following the advise of my friend Ulises Victoria, I shaded the sides of the planking although this part of the stern will be painted I think it will add some subtle shading effect.


The planking of the stern was very interesting and funny, next is the hull planking, but...


After watching some images of Ulises Victoria Royal Louis, I decided to fill some of the bulkheads of the stern and bow in order to help the first planking layer, hope this works!!!!


So I just needed a fast trip to a nearby Hobby Lobby and had a couple of nice blocks of Balsa Wood, I decided Balsa because is easier of sanding and molding to the deep curves of the stern and bow.


Next will be to temporary place the bulwark template to start with the first 6 rows of planking at each side, God help me!!


Thank you for watching my postings.











































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I am currently trying to decide if I want to do the Mayflower (which has the lines that I like best) or the Rattlesnake (because it's an armed (cannons) ship)).  Both are on sale at Model Expo.


If you don't mind, I am going to follow your build as closely as possible.


Looks really good so far, and I'm kinda leaning toward this one, although I didn't realize that the Mayflower had cannons?

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Ulises, thanks I finished yesterday with the false decks, next will be to work on the stern and the curved joint that has me horrified but I will work on it anyway!!!


Hello Midshipman, of course you can follow, feel free to make any comment when you see anything that doesn´t look right, and yes the Mayflower has 8 cannons in spite of being a Wine Merchant Vessel, is quite pretty not so large and the plans and instruction sheets are superb, check that for the Rattlesnake, any choice will be OK, the matter is that is a lot of fun!!!!



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Pepe: May I suggest that if you are going to put new photos of your build, to open a new answer (Use the  "Reply to this Topic" blank screen at the bottom and click the "more reply options" button) so people know there are new pics about your build.


Going good, btw.Those balsa fillers look good. 

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In preparation for the first layer of planking for the hull, the bulwark has to be temporary attached in order to draw the first reference marks.


You may note that the bottom line of the port side bulwark is about 2mm lower than the port side, I measured both sides and I can´t find a defect in the actual building of the structure so I have to think how to fix this problem in order to have the planking correct.






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Actually not, I just placed them with a couple of pins just to se how they fit but that´s a thing that I need to do before I pinned them (temporarly) in order to mark the first plank on both sides.


Thank you for your comment!!!

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Finally the Plank bender from ModelExpo arrived so time for planking the hull!!!!


Actually is easier than I thought, and quite fast, so I started with the two upper planks in order to really check the alignment, after soak both planks for about 2 hrs (a movie) I started the operation so important for me.


I had to fix with some tape the bender and worked the plank as a video that I found in youtube.


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After a careful check I let the planks overnight, just to see if any movement appeared after applying the heat, so today after work every thing appeared correct so I proceeded to glue both planks to the hull.










Everything appears aligned in both, the Bow and Stern






I will let it dry overnight, and tomorrow will start to plan a more faster way to plank this beauty.


Thank you for check this project





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Still working in the first plank layer for the hull, I am almost there, I´m posting a couple of images taken today in the morning, before church.








Of course a sanding and wood filler will needed in order to let the Hull ready for the second Plank layer.



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Finnally the never ending first planking layer story was accomplished, so I can prepare the hull for the next steps on the building of the Mayflower.


At list I was able to keep both sides of the hull with the same number and width of the planks so this is a stone mark for me in my learning process of building a wooden ship.


I will attach some images of the last planks glued.






The stern view waiting for the las planks and a proper trimming once the glue dry completely




The last insert for the hull




Hull Completed






Next step a first sanding with a medium grade sand paper to take out the roughtness, the second step will be to apply the wood filler and then a fine sanding to have a smooth surface, that{s my next job, with my little Mayflower.


Any comment will be welcomed of course!!!



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I could´nt wait more time so I started the sanding and filling of the hull.


First i used a mediumg grit wood dandpaper to take all the roughness of the planks






Later I apllied a layer of Elmer´s wood filler max, and let it dry all night, this is gonna be fun tomorrow!


The filler color is horrible, but it makes a pretty solid fills.








In the mornig the filler was dry, and ready for the rest of the sanding, a lot of powder talc like is produced by this filler and a lot of sanding so I used my Rockwell SoniCrafter to sand most of the filling.


The second step was sanding with a mediumg grit sandpaper, and finnaly a fine one to finish the sanding and have a smooth surface.




The Bow and the Stern need stil some trimming and filling!!








The rest of the Hull is now cleaned and very smooth waiting for the second plank layer


This is it until this morning!!









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