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wrighi

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Occre whaleship Essex
« on: January 26, 2020, 08:23:46 pm »


hello to all guys, I'm building the new whaler kit from Occre









unfortunately I don't speak English well enough to know the naval terms, forgive me.. but if you have any questions I will be happy to answer you.
the kit is in 1:60 scale I started building it about a month ago.

some photos about first costruction steps..

















Second planking




































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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 09:24:40 pm »

This is very impressive work. I like the way you have done the planking and how you have shaped them.  :-))


Regards,
Ray.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 09:54:09 pm »

Yes....must agree, an excellent top planking layer & rubbing strips  :-)) ....the deck planking pins also look fine in bronze [brass]


Keep us posted with images as you go


Derek


[PS..what are you planning for the hull planking [preservation]?.......have you read about Tung Oil?........


http://www.feastwatson.com.au/consumer/products/product-details/1528


The Chinese used Tung Oil as a water resisting finish for full sized wooden hulled craft in 200BC]
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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 10:46:01 pm »


  Oooo!  Nice craftmanship! 

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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2020, 09:11:28 am »


Thank you!!   :-)

I use shellac for everything as to give a satin hull finish and for every wood including all parts need to be coloured
shellac is one of the best primer for wood especially for soft wood that need to be sanded.
basically 1-2 hands of shellac are matt, if you want a gloss surface it need many hands.
with shellac I also remove glue stains.
I prepare shellac by dissolving 10% flakes in pure alcohol (99% pure) and this is my varnish for many things.
I use shellac as a primer on brass when water-based acrylic paints do not stick.


ok back on the boat.. 
dock nails are made with iron wire, I do holes with a pin and then I fix cut wire with shellac.. when it dry I sand with 400 grain sand paper







Colors are black Tamiya flat and Vallejo white pergamino, all visible wood shellac only








I changed the kit's transom, actually I had built it with the windows as indicated in the instructions..
here you see the first version, difference from kit manual: only the gold color has turned white (really there is no gold on my Essex)







but a 4 windows transom I can't see it well for this whaler.
so I redone the transom in a different way with only 2 portholes for waste














if you want to compare the differences this is the occre Essex


https://catalog.occre.com/essex.html





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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 09:20:52 am »

Totally agree, as we know, Shellac is totally natural and from Mother Nature  :-)) , it too has been used for Centuries for preserving wood


Looking forward to more progress images


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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2020, 09:40:18 am »

Many dock elements











I have cut the wall here, I have a different idea..





Rudder work well, is dinamic.








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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2020, 03:51:24 pm »

Something to consider about whalers, if you want to weather the model.


“The forecastle was black and slimy with filth, very small and hot as an oven. It was filled with a compound of foul air, smoke, sea-chests, soap-kegs, greasy pans, tainted meat,”
https://www.whalingmuseum.org/learn/research-topics/overview-of-north-american-whaling/life-aboard


I have read a number of seafaring books from the days of sail, and I seem to remember that the whaling ships stank, and were generally filthy. This was a combination of odors and filth from any whales that were currently being processed, and blood, whale oil and soot that had seeped into the ships timbers over time.
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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2020, 12:37:52 pm »

Stunning workmanship. Very impressive indeed! 
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Re: Occre whaleship Essex
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2020, 03:23:28 pm »

Wow what a lovely build - great craftsmanship  :-))
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