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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #150 on: April 18, 2015, 11:27:46 PM »

Jon,

I enjoy your build.

I see you have decided not to paint the hull like the original Bluenose.

I know, seems a shame to paint the beautiful wood work vs. authentic.

Insights on your decision?

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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #151 on: April 19, 2015, 09:57:35 AM »

A sunny hello to you Fireman Rick


Decisions . . .
My eyesight is very very poor which makes my painting detail skill equally poor.
Paint enhances any planking errors.
There is point where black paint would meet white paint at the top of the side planking and under the lip of the main rail . . . a very scary junction to get a perfect meeting !
The instructions which are stunningly detailed suggested hardwood planking as an option for display purposes.
I also think it's good to see the workmanship of the beautiful planking.
and finally . . .  when the model is finished not one person outside of this model boat forum will know any difference  :}


How finally are you doing and what are you up to ?


Deck fittings this week for me . . . . slowing down on the build as summer approaches  :-) :-) :-) :-)


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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #152 on: April 22, 2015, 03:26:33 PM »

Rudder and chainplates next . . . can't put it off forever  :}


Everything on the deck is loose fitted  :-)
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #153 on: April 23, 2015, 04:40:06 PM »

and so to rudder and chainplates and bits . . . literally  :}


I have just found a way to cheat on the chainplates . . . I'll post an image in a day or so, 'cos this one was rubbish (see photo . . and please note the minuscule size).  I'm going to increase the deadeye size to 4.5mm (from 3.5) and I'm going to thin down the 2mm brass strip to about 1.2 and that should suffice  :} :} :}  we'll see eh !


I'm back to using Jewellery thread . . and I may use it for the steel rigging wires too as opposed to brass wire as It's quite fine and very malleable !


Both of the 'buffers' are now installed


Sunny here in the SW !
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #154 on: April 26, 2015, 07:59:13 PM »

Ridiculous . . . it'd be easier to make it out of matchsticks.


Ah well . . . lots and lots of little bits underway.  The bits laying on the deck need a final sand and paint but most won't be fixed until nearer the end to enable access for rope work and blocks.


The chainplates are finally underway.  The 2mm plates have 3 holes in each of the longer ones (make a jig to help), this will allow pins to be driven into the blocks on the inside of the hull.  The rudder is on, the 6 bowsprit backstay fixings are in, some large sheet blocks are in and the jib and jib bits are in. 


I need to finish installing the remaining 15 chain plates and dead eyes and source a fine white lining tape for the waterline


Then the belaying pins, the bow rigging and then the masts go in  . . . loose !


Grat fun but I must improve my photography skills  :} :} :} :}
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #155 on: April 26, 2015, 11:13:23 PM »

Hi Jon.
 this is the sort of trim tape most of us go for. http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/trimline.html
 either that or Halfords or local car spares shop.
 
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #156 on: April 27, 2015, 01:44:21 AM »

Jon,

M.A.C.K. Products carries some nice Waterline Tapes;

http://www.mackproductsrc.com/Striping_tape.htm

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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #157 on: April 27, 2015, 08:56:39 AM »

Thank you both for the leads.  I will go and check them out now  :-)


The rigging thread . . miles of waxed stuff in various thickness's, came supplied on flat card 'spools' and when unravelled is very kinky so have strung some up around the room under tension to see if that helps



Sunny and cold this morning but Waitrose beckons later  :}
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #158 on: April 29, 2015, 10:11:58 AM »

Pottering . . or should it be puttering.


Still building and fitting deadeyes and chainplates.  So glad it's not a 4 mast barque or something 'cos they have over a hundred whilst I have just 20 !


Next dread is . .  Stroppy Blocks . . .  there has to be an easier way to strop 150 or more blocks down to 1/8 inch in length.


Adding 7mm belaying pins and other little deck bits


Surprisingly sunny here today  :-)
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #159 on: April 29, 2015, 10:30:05 AM »

For rigging small stuff I found a fly tying kit available on the web to be a godsend. A few minutes on YouTube to find out what each bit does is well spent.
Jerry.

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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #160 on: April 29, 2015, 11:47:33 AM »

Good thought . . . thank you Jerry.  My main problems are eye and finger damage which is really frustrating !


hate getting old  :}
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #161 on: April 29, 2015, 02:41:23 PM »

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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #162 on: April 30, 2015, 04:50:07 PM »

B . .LOCKS  :}


There are around 7 different block sizes . . most of what you see are the large ones (quarter inch or thereabouts) but if you do nothing else have a look at the little dot on the deck in second pic . . . imagine stroppying that . . . and I've got loads of em !


As usual right click on image and open in new window to see full size pic.


Sunny and warm with beautiful blue skies  :-)
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #163 on: May 02, 2015, 10:40:36 AM »

I got bored with the deadeyes so added another 10 belaying pins and have made a tentative start on the crosstrees / spreader thingy.  Mainly loose fitted bits at present, hence wobbly looking items and big (5mm) nails hanging out . . . but the plan is to add as much rigging as possible . . do similar with the slightly more complicated fore mast and insert them into the boat when all the hull work is well and truly finished . . . say 2019  :} 


The turnbuckles and bow rigging has just begun.  These are 8mm but won't be tensioned and painted until masts are stepped.


Damp and warm(the weather that is) and I've got a real sore throat so going to curl up on the sofa  :-)
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #164 on: May 02, 2015, 04:05:48 PM »

Jon,

You are doing great details. Quality workmanship.

For the eyes, on the bow rigging; are they swaged or whipped or just glued??

Thank You.

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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #165 on: May 02, 2015, 04:18:53 PM »

Just secured with ultra fine thread at the moment.  Working at this level of detail is almost beyond me.  The length of cable is just over 2 inches so a blob of thick white paint may have to suffice. 


We'll try it and see eh !


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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #166 on: May 05, 2015, 01:25:35 PM »

Other than a little 'galvanising' and attaching some of the rigging . . the mainmast, fore topmast, 2 gaffs and 3 booms are finished !


I still have the water lining to do and perhaps come up with a more aesthetic stand.  Then back to boring chainplate work and construct the more complicated foremast crosstrees.


and it's almost decision time folks  :-) :-) :-) :-)  how to rig.  There is no way I could sew the sails . . NONE.  Not a hope in hell.  But when this is done well a model somehow looks finished so I need to come up with a plan in the next week or so.  Sheesh  :D


The masts are loose fitted and therefore not yet at the correct rake.


I'm going to leave the decks as they are . . . holystoned !


Next 10-12 days off  . . . I'll be back !


Blowy here in the SW  :-)



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« Reply #167 on: May 05, 2015, 06:51:48 PM »

Fine work Jon. What a great ship to build - will be well worth it at the finish.
Bob.  :-))
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« Reply #168 on: May 06, 2015, 08:49:20 AM »

Why thank you very much kind Sir.  A lovely compliment Bob and much appreciated  :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #169 on: May 06, 2015, 04:58:54 PM »

Jon,

Greetings.

On your mast hoops and metal work, what colour and brand of paint did You use for the galvanized metal look??

Thank You.

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« Reply #170 on: May 06, 2015, 08:30:35 PM »

Don't laugh . . . I gave up on the brass stuff and went for lovely soft easy to drill copper (thin, narrow and easily sourced), then a pale grey spray primer and . . Tamiya X-11 SILVER applied with a small brush.  Looks really good too !


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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #171 on: May 19, 2015, 05:36:51 PM »

And so to sails.  These are the finished size templates . . . tomorrow off to the little village of Calstock by the Tamar to see if the little sewing shop there can turn my washed and ironed sailcloth into proper sails.  Here's a hoping.


Ordered fine white waterline striping today and some additional cotton thread  :-) :-) :-)
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« Reply #172 on: May 20, 2015, 12:41:55 PM »

£18 an hour for the sail stitching.  I will have to mark up the sails on the cloth first with a fine pencil.  There's 9 of them.


Exciting stuff eh  :}
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« Reply #173 on: May 21, 2015, 12:51:56 PM »

Two sheets of sailcloth (provided in the kit) washed and ironed and marked up ready to take down to the little sewing shop in Calstock.  The primary sail ropes will, hopefully, be seem into the hem . .  They will then need a gentle wash, stretching and ironing.  The scale is way to fine to include eyelets but I will have a go at the reefing points  :D


Too nice to stay in modelling and besides . . I need to get more exercise !
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Re: Model Shipways Bluenose Schooner
« Reply #174 on: May 25, 2015, 10:18:00 PM »

Not very much to show as lots of repeats


All chainplates with deadeyes are located and pinned in place.


Tying ratlines onto the topmast shrouds (details on top left of previous posting)


Waiting on sails


Waiting on Trimline waterline tape


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