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Skiff by Richard L - FINISHED – Midwest – SMALL Scale 1:12 (First wooden ship build)


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I have my first kit, Midwest Products Skiff. 

 

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 I inventoried the parts, and all are present.

 

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One of the first steps was to remove two pieces from the wood sheet and glue them together to create the skiff's knee. After sanding I discovered that I had removed too much material and my part was now too small. I decided to make a replacement.

 

I scanned the portion of the plans that showed the part and printed it. I cut out the relevant portion out of the printed copy as a template. I glued it to a piece scrap with rubber cement. I then cut out replacement parts and glued the halves together. I now have a proper knee.

 

Illustration shows (left to right) relevant part from plans, undersize part, scrap wood with template.

 

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I am now wondering if the rubber cement I used to attach the paper template will leave a residue on the wood that will be a problem when I get to the finishing phase. Do you think it will keep paint from adhering?

 

 

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Use rubber gloves with Acetone as it goes straight through the skin and straight to the Kidneys long term use not good for man or beast 

A great little model I have had lots of fun building there steam boat 

There plans are very good and easy to follow and for a first build you could not have chosen better, lots of opportunity to add stuff as you feel  

Best 

Andy

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  • 2 weeks later...

Well, thanks for your comments and encouragement! My progress has been slow, but enjoyable. Since I am using Elmer's wood glue, I have to clamp each part and wait for it to cure. This forces me to take time to think about how do what's next. I have also been improving the lighting in my work area, which is a must for me.

 

Here it is so far:

 

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Regards, 

Richard

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You're quite right. It may not be apparent form the photo, but most of the frames are not perpendicular to the bottom. They have a tilt in anticipation of the curve yet to be applied to the bottom. After a bit of sanding the hull is mounted on a strongback. A shim is placed fore and aft which creates the curve. Thanks for the heads up!

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Thanks Joe and Russ. Joe,  I have to say you saw it coming. As I was sanding, one of the frames popped off. In the photo below you can see the empty spot. The aim of the photo is to show that one of the frames is too far inboard, if that is the correct term. A gap is left where it should meet the side plank when it is attached. 

 

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So it needs to be removed repositioned. I have read in build logs about using isopropyl alcohol to soften glue. (I am using Elmer's Carpenters Glue). I applied isopropyl to the joint with a q-tip. I let it sit for a while, but the joint is still firm. I tried cutting into it with and xacto but no dice.

 

So now I am thinking about building up the edge of the frame with a thin strip of wood.

 

What do you think is the best plan?

 

Regards, 

Richard

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Thanks for the water suggestion Joe and Brian. I'll try it and post results. 

 

I understand your comment about the transom, Joe. The bottom of the transom is sanded in a bevel where it meets the bottom. I think I didn't sand it quite enough, although the joint seems strong. I am working on keeping my sanded surfaces true. Even though I use a sanding block, I tend to end up with a slight curve.

 

Regards, 

Richard

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  • 4 weeks later...

So, after a pause I'm back to my skiff. I have removed and repositioned a couple of frames. I also cracked a couple While I was sanding and had to repair them.  Things are now mounted on a strong back with some temporary braces.

 

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I have attached the plank on one side.

 

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Note that the fore end of the plank is intentionally not attached to the stem at this stage. After the other plank is attached, the temporary bracing is removed. Then the fore ends of both planks are glued to the stem.

 

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Since my last post, I’ve spent most of my time breaking things and repairing them. I snapped a couple of the frames and split the side planks. I finally attached the side planks to the stem.  Then the stem was pulled off-center. I undid the planks and reattached them to the stem with more rigorous clamping.

 

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So now I have done some sanding.  Although it still has plenty of warts, it feels like I am making some progress.

 

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My next task is to try and clean up the result of some over-enthusiastic glue application.

 

Regards, 

Richard

 

 

 

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  • 3 months later...

Here are a couple of shots of my completed build. I know it’s pretty rough by the standards of work one sees on this site. However, I learned a LOT! and had fun (mostly) too. I’ll soon be starting my second kit. Thanks to all who stopped by and especially those who provided helpful comments.

 

Just before last element were added:

 

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Done:

 

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