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18th Century Longboat by mike - FINISHED - Model Shipways


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I am a member of the San Diego Shipmoddelers Guild community build. I am behind in posting my progress so will post photos to try and catch up with minimum dialog.

 

I have followed the kit instructions and used kit materials up to this point with a couple of changes. One thing I did before planking was to stack all the planking material face to face and tack glue the ends together. This gave me a block that I could feed through my thickness sander. When seperated this gave me planking material of equal width and with nice square edges. One of my deviations was to leave off some of the planking on one side to show off the frames.

 

 

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I made a special tool for sanding the inside of the frames. It consisted of a section of dowel with sandpapper glued to it and a handle added. The length of the dowel was just wideer than tghe distance between frames.

 

 

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Wayne

 

Thanks

 

David

 

This is Model Shipways kit of the 18th Century Longboat in 1:48 scale, that our group (San Diego Shipmodelers Guild) chose as the subject of our community build. We have several under construction (maybe 10).

 

Mike

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Have finally made some progress on my longboat build.

 

The windless has been completed and installed. To this point I have used kit materials for the build, but decided to use boxwood for the windless barrel. I think I got much sharper edges with the boxwood. The rails that mount the windless are not vertical , so I added mounting pads to the rails. I have seen this feature in photos of contemporary drawings and models. The handle is made from a piece of 3/64 inch square pear.

 

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Next the mast was made so the final seat with mast support hardware could be completed. I wanted to install real sheavs in the mast so the three slots were cut. The mast was then tapered to final size.

 

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The next photo is of the mast with the block support bands installed. The bands were created of kit brass strip. The strip was annealed and formed arround the mast. The ends were silver soldered together and the hole fof attaching the block drilled. They were then epoxied in place.

 

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The final seat with mast support hardware was completed and installed. The seats will be colored with some very dilute golden oak stain to help accent the scribed lines.

 

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Mike

 

 

 

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Chuck

 

I will turn the sheaves for the long boat. I have some Lignim Vitae that I have been wanting to try. Failing that I will go back to boxwood, which has worked well in the past. To make them I turn a up a dowel in the proper diameter. I put the dowel vertically in the vise of the mill. The sheaves are then cut off using a dremel saw blade in the mill chuck. I can move the saw blade down a known amount and cut off very thin sheaves as required.

 

Mike

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OK! OK! I,m working on the longboat. Added white rails under friezes,restained seats to accentuate molding and am working on the rudder. No time for pics now-off to SDSMG meeting. Will have rudder finished tommorrow and then will post photos.

 

Mike

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I have completed the sheaves for the mast and bow sprit. The mast required two small ones, .080 dia x .020 thich, and one large one, .125 dia x.020 thick. The bow sprit only one of the small ones. I made these of ebony. A square blank was rounded on one end to fit the chuck of the lathe. The free end was then turned in two steps to the required diameters, leaving a short square section for clamping in the vice later. Since I only needed two diameters I did them at one time to save setups. The blank was then clamped in the mill vice and using a saw blade in the mill arbor the table is advanced to cut off the sheaves. Using the vertical feed any thickness can be cut. The hardest part of this operation is capturing the sheave before the floor monster gets it. The followinf photos should help show the process.The bow sprit in the photo has a sheave installed.

 

Mike

 

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Thanks for the comments guys.

 

To capture the parts I advance the saw blade very slowly. As it nears the end of the cut the part will start to raise up. I stop the blade at that point and then turn the saw by hand to finish the cut. There is always a burr, but a stroke across some sandpaper gets rid of it. I still seam to loose a bunch of them.

 

The hull is back in the paint shop for decoration of the stern. Photos when complete.

 

Mike

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The longboat is back from the paint shop, where the stern decorating was completed..

 

I have completed making of all the parts and will start the rigging. I intend to follow the example of the contemporary longboat posted by Chuck P. with the rigging attached to the hull with hooks for easy removal.

 

Mike

 

 

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