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now for the biggie........I have quite a log on this build.   at the moment,  I am waiting for the budget director's OK to order the dead eyes for this build.  so, I have plenty of time to get all this back up onto the site.   this poor girl has seen a few problems......even being dropped on the floor once.   she has also seen her fair share of kit bashing,  and additions in detail.......thanks to Eric,  Erik,  and Anton,  for supplying me with well over a hundred pictures of this fine vessel......if I relyed on the internet,  I would probably be at a loss.

 

 

 

At the time of the atart of this build,  I did not have a proper build slip for her.   I made one myself.  using a large pine board,  and some junk wood,  I was able to do so.

 

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4 - 2011

 

 

I made the build slip in may.    I did this dry fit in April,  while I was building the Cux 87.   I had just gotten the kit.....purchased through MSW as an offering from Billings Boat.   even then,  I had the problem....the inability to keep my hands out of shiny new boxes.   remember,  this is only a dry fit......I couldn't wait to check it out.

 

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5 - 3 - 2011

 

the build starts.........

 

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I cemented this added piece to the rib sso the aft lip of the main deck would have a good cement point.

 

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I used the deck as a spacer,  as the frame joices dried

 

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if I would have thought of it,  I could have extended the joices to meet the beam on rib #9.   I added in these pieces.

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the deck platform was dry fitted in place.

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5 - 4 - 2011

 

 

the idea here is to open up the stern quarters.   the kit is portrayed with blued blanked out windows,  and the clear cello that is set in the windows,  has lined detail on it.   this is too good to waste.   the frame work continues at this point,  but there will need to be some alterations made to the stern frame.

 

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I got a new build table with matching light,  thanks to my oldest son.   he had it in his cellar,  and didn't need it anymore.

 

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these parts will be needed for my idea.   they are cemented in place.

 

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the center part of the stern stem will need to be cut out.   with the aft wall in place,  it is clear to see why.

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the planking lines are drawn on the platform.

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5 - 17 - 2011

 

this was done in two parts......the deck planking,   and the stern.   first the deck planking.

 

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I plan on adding a rack where the ship's boats are to be located.  the pictures I have show a very elaborate rack on the deck.   this area will be left blank.  there will be a front and rear stanchion,  a central platform, and lockers bordering the port and starboard sides.

 

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I used crayon to simulate the calking.  it will be sanded lightly afterwards and given a couple coats of clear lacquer.   no stain.

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the deck was trimmed after the planking was laid.

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upper deck: 

 

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Well it's about time you got this back online. It's probably going to be several days for you to get all of it posted I'd imagine as there was quite a bit of content. I'm pretty sure those of us who were following on MSW 1.0 have been waiting for you to get those deadeyes with baited breath. 

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5 - 17 - 2011

 

this is the second part......the alterations on the stern quarters.   this part will not be needed......I will show why later on.

 

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instead of this part,  a much thinner part will take it's place.   this will give more room to the lower quarters.

 

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location tabs are cemented on the floor of the upper quarters.   the aft outer wall is then cemented in place. 

 

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the upper stem is cut out and location tabs are cemented in place.

 

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the thick part added..............

 

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the thin floor added.......you can see how much room will be gained,  in substituting this part.

 

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a hallway will separate the quarters

 

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the bottom part of the stem was cut out to enlarge that quarter as well.

 

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more location tabs are cemented in place

 

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the side walls also needed to have extensions built onto them.

 

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I believe at this point,  I just dry fitted these parts in place.  to be honest,  I can't seem to remember,  but these parts now fit together pretty good.

 

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you know Patrick........I know how that saying originated........someone got drunk one day and ate some worms....EWWWWWWWW!!!

 

    actually,   while I'm waiting.....I'm going to try to get a few of these builds out of the way.   I will get them soon.   in the meantime....I'm going to have fun trying to remember everything I did on this build.   thanks for the good word ;)

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5 - 18 - 2011

 

after the stern alteration ground work was established,  it was time to fare the hull frame.

 

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when the faring was finished,   the hull was planked.

 

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the bulwark posts on rib #8 needed to be made longer.  to do this,  pieces of the part's panels was cut to fit on the tops

 

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the deck was cemented in place at this time.

 

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planks were bent as I went along.

 

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the lower deck outer wall is thinner, so the bottom of the outer wall needs to be built up.

 

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the transom  didn't come out like I wanted......may need to make adjustments.

 

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there are rooms under the upper deck.....they will be built in.

 

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thanks Mark.......my little group wouldn't be the same without her.   hopefully,  by the time I get this all back in,  I will have finished at least one build.....and have those pesky deadeyes.   I can't do anything without the budget director's approval.......ordering these 3.5mm dead eyes in bulk would be good......they will fit the United States as well.  but I want to concentrate on the other builds first.....three of them could be off the table,  if I just applied myself.....LOL!   thanks......I'm sure you'll be folowing.  now I just have to remember everything.  ;)

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Thanks Joshukr,  but I think that's too much credit.......compared to other ships seen here......I am but an novice as well.  all I can say is:  to do a good job,  you have to truly enjoy the hobby......to laugh at your mistakes.......and strive to do it better than the plans your working from.

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I cotinue........the planking was going good,  but I did mess up on the transom and counter.  I ripped it all off and redid it,  in which it came out much better...more in line with the hull shape.   the stern had it's own problems......building it to the point where you could see through the windows.....I did not like the idea that the windows were blinded off like that.   I wanted to open the quarters area up....at least show that light could pass through it......I still kick myself a little that I didn't furnish it a little,  because you can see in, giving the proper lighting.

 

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here is the redo of the transom and counter.

 

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here is that faiteful day,  when I was holding it in my hand,  trying to cut something,  and it flew off the table onto the floor.  it broke the bow stem,  broke off the two lengths of planking that was to define the aft deck, cracked wood in a couple of other places.   I thought it was over for the build......but then I had a better look at it and decided to repair it.  the other bits of damage was easy to repair,  but the bow stem required pinning and gluing.....I'll show that a bit later.

 

I was still hard at work with the Nordkap....almost done.  for anyone who don't know the history of the Nordkap.......this ws the ship that got me building wooden boats.  the kit was over 20 years old and stored in an attic,  given to me by a friend on mine.  I was inspired....probably why I have so many builds in the works......I can't seem to get enough of it.  I've grown to love this hobby.....don't know what took me so long to wake up!

 

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this is of the repair and the finished planking.   after sanding the hull,  I decided to do a second planking.  I had been talking to Tom Richardson @ Billing's......he was very sorry to hear that I was doing this {I had put in an order for the mahogany strips}.  I put him at ease though.....it's not the kit's fault,  it's just something that I had in mind.

 

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this is Annegre mahogany,  it a lighter color and very nice to look at.......I like the grain texture.

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with the second planking,  I needed to add to the keel.  I did not go all of the way up at the bow.....I started about half way dwon and back to the stern stem

 

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I did more with the stern quarters,  painting and fleshing out the outer walls.  I had to have this done,  before the second planking could be done.

 

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I put the lower quarter outer wall on with a dab of cement to see what this will look like.  I like how open it looks inside.

 

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to make the side walls was a task as well.  with how I did the alteration,  I had to add wood to them and shape them to fit

 

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here are pictures,  laying the new keel.

 

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I also started the progress for the rack concept.

 

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I had done some work to the stern......but the progress was mixed with the second planking that I had started to do.......I will show this bit first.

 

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quite a bit of work was done to get the stern to look like this.  it was on to the second planking.

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here is the beginnings of the second planking.......the upper section first..........

 

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I remember this picture vividly........in doing the second planking,  I needed to plank in that space at the bow.  I left it open because I wasn't sure how the bow spirit fit in.  I had to hold the strip in place by hand,  there was no way to pin it.  Since I knew that I ws going to be stuck like this for a while,  I put some music on........Simon & Garfunkle.  I got into the music....fooling around,  I started to sort of dance to the music........the admiral came in,  and she clearly thought I went nuts!

 

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the last photo is a shot of a molded milled strip of basswood.   I also have an old Ambroid train kit,  the B&M snow plow,  and the wood,  although pretty old,  is really neat.  I have been on the lookout for this type of milled wood,  but in the meantime,  have settled on styrene to fill in the gaps.

 

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after the upper planking was finished,  the bottom hull planking was done next.

 

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7 - 19 - 2011

 

here is the repair I did on the bow stem.   it doesn't show how I did it,  but just that it was repaired and the cosmedic assembly of it.

 

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hello Sjors........yes,  I'm almost at the mid point of what I've done on this build.   she's not finished,  still a ways to go yet.   this poor girl.......thanks for looking in......the progress continues.  :)

 

before the bow was repaired......I had shown what the kit build looks like.  note the stern quarter windows,  and how they are blinded off.......I hate that :(

 

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I have a couple of other pictures of finished builds......none of them show these windows opened up,  so this build will be unique.

 

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