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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #225 on: March 03, 2017, 07:59:10 PM »

These days, working on the bulwarks.
20 bulwark supporting knees to go painting and the long sides are primed.
Fairlead rings are in place - no surprises there.
Feeling apprehensive about putting the bulwarks together.
And, there's the bending of the bow and stern side bulwarks (bad experiences from bending and otherwise handling of the Billings plywood  {:-{ )


just to let you know, I'm still here  :D
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« Reply #226 on: March 03, 2017, 08:04:43 PM »

If you think the ply will fail or not do what you want then maybe replace it with a better product? This means you will be more confident that the work will succeed. Maybe build a simple mock up of a part of the bulwarks and use the billings ply to practice your ply handling on? What type of ply is it that you currently have? I have found Far eastyern ply in 3mm to be very brittle in one direction especially in thin stripes where as Birch ply is better.
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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #227 on: March 03, 2017, 11:52:24 PM »

Feeling apprehensive about putting the bulwarks together.
And, there's the bending of the bow and stern side bulwarks (bad experiences from bending and otherwise handling of the Billings plywood  {:-{ )

Reading back through my rebuild thread, I used 2mm Birch Ply for the replacement bulwarks - it takes bending quite well - just had to ensure I used the ply with the grain vertical. ok2

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #228 on: March 11, 2017, 07:29:55 AM »

Reading back through my rebuild thread, I used 2mm Birch Ply for the replacement bulwarks - it takes bending quite well - just had to ensure I used the ply with the grain vertical. ok2

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Thanks, Ray... sorry, but I don't understand what is ply with the grain vertical. Ply this thin is three layers. Do you mean the direction of the grain of the outermost layer? Thinking about it... that must be it! I had no idea it makes a difference... thanks again  :-)


Ballastanksian, the grain of birch tree is straight. I suppose it makes a difference, too. In Finland, birch is the standard. Only, as I reported earlier, good quality thin plywood for model building comes from Graupner (or else is hard to find). In the country that is built out of plywood!!!



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« Reply #229 on: March 11, 2017, 10:10:40 AM »

Hi Hande. Also have a look at reply no.7 on page 1 of Bluebirds Fairey Swordsman build - it is listed in the Masterclass section. :-)

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« Reply #230 on: March 12, 2017, 10:12:32 PM »

Bluebird's very informative with the explanation. No wonder Bluebird is one of the master class  O0
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« Reply #231 on: March 16, 2017, 03:53:24 PM »

Hiya Hande - that looks to be a nice neat way of painting those supports. (14 down, 55 to go) ...

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Capt Podge's reply to me starting with the bulwark supporting knees is dated Oct 05, 2016.
Today, I finished with the final nine  :D
Of course, they were not the only parts that I have been working on. But still - more than five months... I hope my Ureka XIV sails the coming summer!


14 at a time was too crowded. 10 at a time allowed more space between the supports.
The bow hawse bollard has got its first two coats.



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« Reply #232 on: March 16, 2017, 09:28:23 PM »

Any progress is better than no progress Hande. O0

Good to see you are using pins on the bollards. :-)

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #233 on: March 18, 2017, 10:19:51 PM »

More bollards.
The two deck-level bollards stern-side.
Pinned them all the way through.



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« Reply #234 on: March 19, 2017, 10:04:37 PM »

It is a good idea to pin, as then if you knock something off you have both a specific point where the part came from and also a good locator to remount the piece with. On the Masters I design, I often make the pins different sizes on a piece with two so that it cannot easily be out the wrong way around.

Lovely work as ever Hande  :-))
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« Reply #235 on: March 19, 2017, 10:24:23 PM »


I have - by now - made it my standard to use pins. I really buy all the benefits they bring  O0 Smart, Ballastanksian - the two different size pins - simply clever! :-))

I don't plan to tow with this model. There are too many weak points here and there.
But I did think about installing the bow and the stern bollards with proper screws so I could lift the boat by them - may be in emergency or otherwise. But I think I should have made them over-scale to make them strong enough... Besides, I don't trust the strength of the deck itself {:-{

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« Reply #236 on: March 26, 2017, 11:00:18 AM »

Smoo-ooth  :D 
Caught on her way to the mildly warm sauna for hardening.
Masking
- all around for the bulward
- here-there for the deck fittings


For the bulwark support knees, I have to carve a little bit from the paint in front of each one for secure glueing.


You can see how the sub-deck  bends upwards a little bit stern-side. Nothing like how it used to be in the beginning (if you recall my battle with bent plywood). It's under control. The holes towards stern are for securing screws that will be disguised as a barrels %)


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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #237 on: March 27, 2017, 08:59:10 PM »

Some seriously bright white bollard-heads  ok2

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« Reply #238 on: March 27, 2017, 08:59:55 PM »

Good for when taking part in a night sailing event:O)
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« Reply #239 on: March 27, 2017, 09:38:43 PM »

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #240 on: April 03, 2017, 08:19:19 PM »

Green. Greener.
Encouraged by @Oldiron and his excellent tutorial, I'm doing this by airbrush.
I love the colour!  O0



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« Reply #241 on: April 03, 2017, 08:28:56 PM »

As far as brushes go - this is the best I've ever experienced - at least for acrylics  O0
May be you can identify the material... Nylon? there was no precise specification - was sold separately.
Google took me to some web shops with cyrillic writing - limited info in English.
Any way, it's a great product! I have to go back to the hobby shop and buy more.





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« Reply #242 on: May 10, 2017, 09:41:23 PM »

Masking tapes coming off nicely.
Spent an hour imagining, how my build is going to look like - eventually... %)

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« Reply #243 on: May 10, 2017, 09:48:08 PM »

Well now, that's a really nice looking paint job Hande.  :-)

...looking very much like you're making steady progress.

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« Reply #244 on: May 12, 2017, 08:08:31 PM »

Thank you, capt  :-)
I came back from a two-week vacation and decided that I need a visible sign of progress.


I'm wondering, though. Two week curing seems to be "enough" lol, but can it be too much?
There is the concept of curing window. Does it apply to acrylic paints?


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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #245 on: June 27, 2017, 07:11:13 PM »

I took the hot steam cleaning - thingy - and steamed the bulwarks and bent ever so carefully. Here the stern-end bulwark pieces. The bow piece is in the sauna drying-up.


I hope they don't break at any later point! Right now they look alright.


As you can see - I went over the required angle hoping that the resulting tension will squeeze them against the bulwark knees and produce a good joint. In afterthought, I wonder, if I should just relax them a little back to the correct angle. On the third hand, any further steaming may delaminate the plywood.



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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #246 on: June 27, 2017, 09:58:31 PM »

Hi Hande, it's hard to tell from the photograph but, to me at least, the bulwark quarters look too far bent round. I can understand the theory regarding getting them hard up against the supports but my view is that if you affix the stern part first, when it comes to forcing the side part in place, there is a very real danger of the dreaded "snap". Fitting them on the side first will merely have the same result.

The Solution ?

I would soak the effected parts in hot (not boiling) water, allow to drain off, them fit them while still damp and peg into place against the supports and leave to dry completely.
Once dry, they can be removed, they should then retain their shape and can then be glued in place and clamped until the glue has completely hardened off. (24 hrs)

Hope this is of some help to you.

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Re: Coastal range ex-Smit-tug
« Reply #247 on: June 30, 2017, 06:33:41 AM »

Thank you, Ray, for your insightful suggestion!
Yes - I think I "overthought" my approach, not only over-bent the pieces  :D


I am going to begin glueing the bulwark knees next. I have bought a suggestion to glue only every fourth-or-so first. After the bulwarks are on, then glue the rest of the bulwark knees - this way I am likely to get a pretty straight side bulwark.



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« Reply #248 on: July 01, 2017, 10:51:04 PM »

Slow progress... carving paint in front of the bulwark supports.
Found a Swiss made chisel, 2 mm wide. Perfect for the job!



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« Reply #249 on: July 01, 2017, 10:54:44 PM »

Made a tool to sand around a pin hole  :-) .
These are for the bow hawse bollard.
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