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    Quote Originally Posted by donald branscom View Post
    Today I cut the rabbit in the keel with a Dremel tool. Frame #8 is giving me lots of problems. I do not know why.
    Maybe working on such a small scale.
    I was having more problems with the frames than other models I have built.
    This is kind of a fat looking boat.
    It just may be a fat looking boat. The lines show a pretty hard turn at the bilge, so "fat" may equate with "stable" in the finished boat.

    Also, did they draw the plans to the outside of the plank or to the inside and did you cut your frames allowing for whether the lines were to the inside or outside of the plank? It's funny how the thickness of a plank on both sides may make a significant difference in appearance, even on a model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Cleek View Post
    It just may be a fat looking boat. The lines show a pretty hard turn at the bilge, so "fat" may equate with "stable" in the finished boat.

    Also, did they draw the plans to the outside of the plank or to the inside and did you cut your frames allowing for whether the lines were to the inside or outside of the plank? It's funny how the thickness of a plank on both sides may make a significant difference in appearance, even on a model.
    Outside of plank.
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    Planking is progressing. The planking near the stern twists almost 45 so
    I thinned down the plank slightly in a gradual transistion to make glueing easier.



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    Closing in on the planking. Maid of Endor-Atkins design.



    The turn at the bilge is almost 90.
    Each end is twisted at about 45
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    Intense! Are you soaking your planks to soften them? I'm kinda learning about this model stuff and am watching with interest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donald branscom View Post
    Planking is progressing. The planking near the stern twists almost 45 so
    I thinned down the plank slightly in a gradual transistion to make glueing easier.



    I found that an application of boiling water and the heat from the hob helps putting twist and or bends in plank stuff.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Intense! Are you soaking your planks to soften them? I'm kinda learning about this model stuff and am watching with interest!
    I do not soak the planks.
    They are Basswood also known as larch.

    On some of the more difficult twists I thinned down the plank .
    The planks are 1/8" thickness.
    One quarter inch wide.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    I finished the planking. Then came the sanding. Filled with a light skin of Bondo.
    I used a contour gage to measure the two sides of the hull.
    Now I have applied white shellac primer sealer. I will give it two coats.


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    Looking good, Donald, lovely shape!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Looking good, Donald, lovely shape!


    Jim
    Thanks Jim!
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    Doesn't look nearly as "fat" with the planking on as it did in the frame only state. Very nice low! Is that just plain ol' automotive Bondo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Doesn't look nearly as "fat" with the planking on as it did in the frame only state. Very nice low! Is that just plain ol' automotive Bondo?
    Yes- automotive Bondo.
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    I switched over to working on the interior.
    Installed sheer clamp.
    Omitted the clamp shelf for purposes of the model.
    Now working on interior pieces.


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    Update on photos.
    Interior of the model.
    You can see that it has a bridge deck and vertical ladder.
    If I was building the real boat I would eliminate that bridge deck but
    I am being faithful to the original as much as possible.


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    Default Re: Maid of Endor model build

    Looks great!

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    It does look great. Don, are you going to make the cabin top removable so the interior can be seen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    Looks great!

    Thanks J for the interest and comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navydog View Post
    It does look great. Don, are you going to make the cabin top removable so the interior can be seen?
    Yes -the interior will be visible thru the companionway opening.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    I have been making progress on the cabin top.
    The companionway is almost done and the portholes and trim are also done.




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    I started to put the decks on and once I got rolling I could not stop until I had them all on.
    I used tin snips to cut the 1/32 ply for the deck.




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    Thanks for posting this, Donald. She's coming out really nicely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Ledger View Post
    Thanks for posting this, Donald. She's coming out really nicely!
    Thanks Jim.
    The start was difficult because of the scale of the frames.
    Now it is rolling along nicely. It will slow down when I have to hunt for some of the fittings.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Today's progress.
    Completely redo the coamings.
    cut mast hole in deck.
    Cut holes for bits on the foredeck.
    Make two hatches with lids.
    Install a stopwater for the cockpit.



    Just cannot remember the name of that board on each side of the cockpit
    that serves as a backrest and stops the water coming into the cockpit. Anyone?
    Last edited by donald branscom; 02-20-2018 at 12:30 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donald branscom View Post
    Today's progress.
    Completely redo the seat back boards.
    cut mast hole in deck.
    Cut holes for bits on the foredeck.
    Make two hatches with lids.
    Install a stopwater for the cockpit.



    Just cannot remember the name of that board on each side of the cockpit
    that serves as a backrest and stops the water coming into the cockpit. Anyone?
    Coaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMacDonald View Post
    Coaming
    Thank you !
    I am going to claim old age on this.
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    I tried to buy my way out of hand building the rudder hinges and
    pintles but there was nothing close available.
    The bottom hinge and pintle was a very distinctive part.
    So I bucked up Bucky and went shopping for brass.
    I had to leave my brass collection back in California.
    I just could not carry everything with me to Tucson.




    Detail of bottom pintle. Needs some finishing.


    Bulwarks started.
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    This is where I am building this model.
    I have the mini bandsaw and sander out in my back shed
    to keep all that wood dust out of my house.
    On my last build I think my computer got a lot of wood dust sucked into it.

    This morning I started to tape off the interior to prep for paint.
    I finished the bulwarks and made the bowsprit(not shown), I will show it later when I rig the boat.
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    That is gorgeous! Most of the planking pine? Bass? Now you've inspired me to start setting up for a decent build next winter. But right now ispring is in the offing and I'm hoping to finish off my Mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    That is gorgeous! Most of the planking pine? Bass? Now you've inspired me to start setting up for a decent build next winter. But right now ispring is in the offing and I'm hoping to finish off my Mirror.
    Planking is basswood/larch and the cabin top is pine and basswood with plywood decking.
    The rudder is douglas fir and pine.
    Thanks for the compliment!
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    Love it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdgs View Post
    Love it!!!!
    Thanks MFDGS!
    Painting is underway now so I will post photos soon.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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    I have started the painting.
    The bottom is Flat black,bottom paint.
    The sides are blue.

    The deck is next.
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    Painting underway then rigging.

    The topsides is Rusoleum canvas white.

    Last edited by donald branscom; 03-04-2018 at 12:53 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donald branscom View Post
    Update on photos.
    Interior of the model.
    You can see that it has a bridge deck and vertical ladder.
    If I was building the real boat I would eliminate that bridge deck but
    I am being faithful to the original as much as possible.


    Very nicely done, Donald. I've been pondering your objection to the bridgedeck. I've heard someone somewhere wax poetic about sitting on the bridgedeck with his/her feet on the ladder and the heat from inside warming them up while keeping watch. I can see how it might be a bit of a PITA getting in and out, though.

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    You can used to anything.
    I have had boats with and without a bridge deck.
    In the end I did not like them.
    You can sit in the companion way facing forward with OR without a bridge deck.
    The bridge deck helps keep water out of the interior of the boat.
    I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.

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