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Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:54 pm

I happen to have an archival copy of my original Bluenose build log from the old Lauck Street forum. Although I built this a few years ago, all the tips and techniques described in this log will still work on the current Bluenose kit from Model Expo along with Bob Hunt's excellent practicum. I will repost the log here by adding a new post (with pictures) every day or so. Enjoy!!
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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:57 pm

One of the things I like to do when keeping a build log is to record the number of hours I spend actually working on the model. This could give beginning builders a rough idea of the time commitment they might be looking at. I do not consider myself a fast model builder so you can take my time estimates to be conservative. Keep in mind that my build times do not reflect the hours spent reading the practicum and researching forum posts. I'd be willing to bet I've spent nearly as much time actually reading the material as building. I'm currently right at the end of Chapter 1 and am transitioning into Chapter 2 of the Bluenose practicum. The 3 key learnings I have obtained so far include:

1. Read ahead! Bob provides many clarifications in later sections and chapters of the practicum. You can also use his photos throughout the practicum to compare back against earlier work. I found this as well as other's forum posts to be invaluable learning aids. I've also found myself reading and re-reading sections and chapters in the practicum. It's important to make sure you understand exactly what Bob is explaining as he is laying the foundation to general principles that could apply to any ship you might build in the future.

2. Relationships! Bob says it over and over. Every part you create and every piece you glue has a relationship to some other part down the road. Using the "read ahead" technique described earlier will increase your understanding of these relationships as you see how Bob progresses with the build.

3. Precision! Carve, sand, and shape every piece you make as precisely as you can. Those of you who have OCD will have an advantage on the rest of us in this regard. Precise fabrication of each part will ensure those relationships we talked about having the best fit possible. The cool thing about working with wood is that you can always redo your work or fix nearly any error you make.

I progressed through Chapter 1 without running into any critical issues. I was very careful while prepping and gluing the keel parts. I also took this time to cut out the bulkheads and do a quick dry fit test. This also gives you the chance to see the general shape and size that Bluenose will be when completed. Go slowly and take your time while carving the rabbet joint and you will be surprised at the results you can achieve. I spent 3.5 hours carving and shaping the rabbet joint on each side of the keel.

Build Duration of this step: 12 hours
Total Build Duration: 12 hours

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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:01 pm

I used binder clips and a machine square to glue the bulkheads to the keel as straight as possible. After the glue dried, I ran an additional bead of Weldbond down the contact seam of each bulkhead for added strength. I did not add the additional timbers for strength as some builders did since I felt the basswood was soft enough and the Weldbond strong enough to handle the fairing-in sanding to come later. By this time, I had also glued in the keel reinforcements, and stern post. I also traced the shape of the stern transom blocks prior to gluing bulkhead O.

Build Duration of this step: 3.5 hours
Total Build Duration: 15.5 hours

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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:25 am

I faired-in the bulkheads by sanding them in 2 steps. On the first pass my goal was to just lightly sand the laser char off the edge of each bulkhead without changing the shape of the edge. On the second pass I faired-in the shape of each bulkhead and used a plank strip to test my progress. I continued shaping them with a sanding block until I was pleased with the lay of the plank (see picture below). I think its very important to spend some time doing this as it will pay huge dividends later when we begin the actual task of planking the hull. I did find a slight error with the laser cut of bulkhead J being too narrow across the beam. I easily corrected this by gluing a 1/16" strip to bulkhead J and re-fairing. I also mitered and glued in the horn timbers during this step.

Build Duration this step: 11.5 hours
Total Build Duration: 27 hours
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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by zoly99sask » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:36 am

Hello Mike,looks like a good start,looking forward for the rest of the build.

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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by lauckstreet » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:35 pm

Hi Mike,

Good to see you posting your build log on the Bluenose. Followers of your build should take notice of the fine sanding and fairing you did on your bulkheads. The "before" shot shows all the burned edges of the bulkheads and the "after" shot shows how that's been sanded off of every one of them and how each bulkhead flows to the next and previous bulkhead. Fairing the bulkheads is one of the most important steps for an easy and clean planking job as can be seen by the lay of your first plank lying tightly against each bulkhead.

Anyway, thanks for posting this build log.

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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks guys!

I cut the general shape of the transom block out with my scroll saw and glued it to bulkhead O and the keel. I'll finish shaping it later with my dremel. In the meantime, I spent a lot of time fairing-in the insides of the bulkhead extensions and testing the fit of the waterway and first bulkhead planks. I also lightly sanded the char off the tops of each bulkhead. Once I was pleased with the fit I went ahead and glued in the fore waterway planks with Weldbond and used office clips to keep everything secure while the glue dried. I was sure to miter the forward end of these planks so they fit together at the bow.

Build Duration of this Step: 5 hours
Total Build Duration: 32 hours
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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:08 am

It took me about one hour per side to shape and fair the stern transom. Using a combination of dremel tool and hand sanding I ended up with better than expected results. As the transom gets shaped in, continue with the faring in of the aft bulkheads making sure your sanding block makes contact with 2 or 3 bulkheads. In this manner you can visualize the shape of the hull and really get the contour on the final bulkheads and transom to blend in smoothly. With Chapter 1 now officially completed I went back and faired in, glued, and clamped the aft waterway planks. Tomorrow we will begin planking of the hull.

Build Duration of this step: 3 hours
Total Build Duration: 35 hours
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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:52 pm

I made a mistake by planking the hull with the narrower planks intended for the deck. Luckily I had sufficient stock in my lumber yard as there would not have been enough in the kit for both the hull and deck. Since I was already well into the planking, I opted to continue with the narrower planks. The result came out the same except for an increase in build time since I had to lay more planks.

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Re: Bluenose Build Log

Post by mrshanks » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:12 am

Next time I'll apply a thinner layer of wood filler since I ended up sanding most of it away. The hull came out very smooth with nice flowing lines. My best planking effort to date. With Chapter 2 now complete, we will move on to planking the decks.

Build duration this step: 39 hours
Total build duration: 74 hours
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