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Pen Duick by Matija - 1898, 1:20

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I started making  Pen Duick a few years ago and I had long break. Now I am making the deck, and I will show
pictures from the beginning.

Pen Duick was named since 1935, is a cutter drawn in 1898 by William Fife III, famous naval architect, and built in Ireland under the name of Yum.
With an overall length of 15.1 m and 10 m to the floating for 2.9 m of maximum width, it supports 160 m2 of sails.

 Since 1938, Eric Tabarly sailed on the Penduick bought by his father. The Penduick was restored a first time in 1958, to reinforce the hull by a thickness of polyester, then was rebuilt completely between 1983 and 1989. The mast is raised 20%.

She remains one of the most beautiful classical sailing ships.







differences between  Yum  & pen Duick:





Images of the ship:









Pen Duick sailing - (scan from the book)




The scale is 1:20
The hull is made of wood - plywood ribs, maple, coated with epoxy resin.
Deck is made of pear wood, more shades.



















Cheers, Matija.

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Hi Matija. Beautiful work. I especially love the shape of these boats. Fife and others of his ilk certainly knew how to build beautiful boats, that's for sure.


She's certainly going to be a big model! Are you blessed with lots of room to display her at your home?


All the best!

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Thank you all, John, Bob, Omega, Michael, to commendations and comments, and others for likes.


Omega, unfortunately I have a small apartment but it will not stop me to make ship  how I like ;)


The reality is a bit different ...   . Deck I broke because I was not satisfied, and now I doing it all over again (better) ;).

As it shown in next images:

































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Beautiful and elegant boat. A legend in itself.

I believe Eric's daughter is currently owning and sailing this classic sailboat.

With Dorade, Pen-Duick is my next favorite sail boat. These twos have such glorious pedigree that they truly deserve to be built in models.


I will be following your build log with enthusiasm.



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Oh! As John noted - a brave move. I understand having to do it - I've had similar decisions in my modeling.


I think the run of those deck planks was excellent. What do you do to get the even thin space between the planks? Do you use a thin spacer? Or bevel the deck plank edges? The effect is very sharp.


And I too think this is one gorgeous sailboat.





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Thanks to all,  this deck now should be ok.

For space between the planks I use very thin black paper that taping on the plank before installation.

Plank is 2.4 wx 3 H and then sanding it about 1mm. Then you get very clean and sharp effect.

new deck:





















This is the current status. Now I'll placed pictures more slowly..

I think the color of wood is fine and for now I'm satisfied.

greeting , Matija



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Matija, well that certainly was dramatic, I completely understand your reason after seeing the way the grain looked up close. it does not matter how well laid the planking is if the wood has uneven grain structures, it looks odd. I look forward to the completion of the new planking.Nice work on the painting of the hull.



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I can agree with Michael to a certain extent, however, I actually cherish the way that wood can vary from one piece to the next. To my mind, that's the beauty of wood-each little piece is different when viewed up close, yet blends in beautifully when viewed from afar. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly applaud you for wanting to redo the deck. Afterall, we must all pay heed to the little person sitting inside our hearts.

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Wow!  Oh, wow!  Your deck was lovely.  Then you ripped it off and put another one down! I am in awe of your skill and your commitment to getting it EXACTLY right.  :o


Well done Matija and I am following closely.  Pen Duick is a beautiful yacht - perhaps you could build Tabarly's other Pen Duicks as well, once this is finished? :rolleyes:

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Thank you all for following my log.

I want to make a model as faithfully as possible to the original and color (wood structure) of the deck is of great importance.

I am most worried about making metal parts that are quite challenging. - Michael, if you will making the Pen Duick you will be unsurpassed. :)

SailorGreg, once when I finish this model I want to do Velox ex "Zemajteij", a beautiful ship.






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My goodness, that deck is absolutely stunning - having worked on charter yachts in the past I've seen decks on multi-million £/$ yachts that didn't look that good! My one regret is that I never sailed one of WM Fife's yachts, but for me, without a doubt, the most beautiful yacht I did crew was the 1903 'Kelpie' designed by fellow Scot Alfred Milne - see http://www.pbase.com/kathymansfield/image/142802037


I digress, back to your superb deck - what weight of paper do you use for the caulking effect & what sort of glue do you use for bonding it to the deck planks? My own J class build has reached the stage where I'm thinking about the deck at the moment and awaiting a point in time where I can get back into the workshop...





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Thank you Bruno, Rao  and everyone for interest and comments.


Row, I use the thinnest black paper that I found. I do not know which is weight of paper, I found it in a flower shop, used for packing flowers when buying.

May be helpful graphite (art shops) gave a good result, just paint over.

Glue is normally for wood (Pattex Wood Express) ... and everything is going very slowly .


... I can only dream of sailing on such ships :) and "Kelpie" looks superb.


regards, Matija.


this is elusive



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Many thanks for the information, I'll have a look in my local art suppliers for the paper etc.


Don't know if you've come across this model of Pen Duick, as you'll see this has been done for r/c.










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Row that is the same model of Pen Duick as this one, that Carlos has posted in the Gallery, he also has been working on a beautiful model of a crabber.

Thanks for the link to the video I had not seen that. It also looks like Carlos' boat has a little more free-board that the real one.



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