When l see the open decks of the all scenario BP I sometimes think I should have got that one, then I see all the extra fine work you have to do and I know why choose the one I did. Keep up the good work you are doing an excellent job.
Thanks Tony....Taking the weekend off, beautiful day to take a ride on the motorcycle! Have a great weekend!When l see the open decks of the all scenario BP I sometimes think I should have got that one, then I see all the extra fine work you have to do and I know why choose the one I did. Keep up the good work you are doing an excellent job.
Hi Ken,You ever seen the movie "Black Sails?
I found it a the library.Hi Ken,
No I haven’t watched Black Sails. The Admiral and I started watching The Lost Pirate Kingdom on Netflix. I guess we’ll have to stream Black Sails and binge watch one weekend! Looks to be a nice little series!
Be well. Ahoy mate.
That's a good deal. I think I paid $30. I've watched it several times. Usually while building. The first set I purchased had problems..... make sure you watch it soon, so if problems,, you can return if necessary. Second one was good. I'll check out lost pirate kingdonJust bought the DVD pack. All 4 Seasons for $19....figure it’s better than signing up for Starz and paying $9 per season! So, did you enjoy the series?
Good point Ken....my set will probably be some Chinese knockoff! I did make sure it was a US destination shipping start point!That's a good deal. I think I paid $30. I've watched it several times. Usually while building. The first set I purchased had problems..... make sure you watch it soon, so if problems,, you can return if necessary. Second one was good. I'll check out lost pirate kingdon
I like your map and your doors. Are you going to leave them open at all? I painted the inside of my room black in case I wanted to leave them open.Captain's Log ~~~April 16, 2021
Build time today: 4 hours
Total build time: 58 hours
Construction for the Black Pearl (All-Scenario version)
Secure the following parts.
Parts 15, 16, 22, 22A (attached to 22, Deck), 4B-15B, 20(2), Parts E3 & E4, K5 & J21, Z6, C4-C8 (2), C9-C11 (1)
"Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale.....
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Murphy's law states..."Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". I am witness to this fact as I thought things were going along very good and that laying the gun deck would be a snap. I diligently filed the slots of the deck to fit the bulkheads and to my surprise after doing one final check before gluing, I realized that I put the two-piece deck upside down and backwards. I tried to blame the dog but the Admiral was not having any of it. Finally, I blamed the directions which show the ship one way and then another....why don't they keep things pointed one way...when explaining a new Step?
Between looking at pics from Step 74 to Step 93 the ship is in a whirlpool of configuration which would match any amusement park ride that spins you in a circle and when you got off you're wobbling like a top.
Filing this way will leave the following gaps when you flip the deck the right way with the smaller section on the starboard side.
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So, now I get out the wood dough and hit it with super glue after it hardened....
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At this point I figure all will be OK because the deck is glued down and I'll just clean up the joint later after everything is dry and with some cleanup, stain and varnish....we can survive the f-up! Now, with a lot of weight on the deck, I figure all will be fine.
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I decided to glue in the deck with the "removable panel" out as one piece because I figure with my luck, there's no way I won't glue it down and I wanted to have a look of having it lay in or be able to lift it up for better viewing. Now, I should have left the weights well enough alone....no, I take one of the 5lb dumbbells and balance it off one of the stain tins...that pic has long been deleted for stupidity...
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Here's where the fun starts.....in San Diego, my home gets a nice breeze off the ocean. As the ocean winds blow inland, it creates a vacuum in my house like a portal between two dimensions. The kitchen slider when opened allows the breeze to enter the home and the kitchen door that leads to the garage will often slam if you have the garage door opened and you let go of the kitchen door. The draft is that strong, our own wind tunnel on select days.
I had the kitchen door propped open with a shoe and the garage door and kitchen slider was open...the perfect storm for a cataclysmic slam of the kitchen door if any variable changes the air flow too drastically...With the deck in place. I decided to close the kitchen slider a bit too fast, as my dog picked up the shoe holding the kitchen door open at the same time. The perfect storm for the kitchen door to slam shut as the air gets flushed out of the kitchen, into and out the garage door...BOOM!
I hear a crash in the garage and go OH $hit! As I run past my dog, who is holding my shoe in his mouth, I looked into the garage and there the Pearl was, tilted on its side, hanging onto dear life at the edge of my worktable....#10 Rib snapped like a wishbone and a piece of the lower deck ornaments on the floor....
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#10 broken rib, smashed by a 5lb dumbbell....call in the medic....
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Wood dough filled in after the super glue set.....
A couple hours later before the Admiral returned home from grocery shopping....
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Passed the Admiral's inspection....but she didn't have to deal with the frustration that I had to pull the deck and glue it all over because it popped in several places....I really was ready to give up for the day and perhaps a lesser Captain would have remained marooned by this type of disaster....but after a bit of consolation from my first mate (the dog) I tried again........
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Hopefully, we can now continue on our voyage...leaving this island of foil and folly behind us.
With the gun deck firmly down and in place, a new day brings new hope.
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I soaked the "removable deck" portion above in hot water for a 1/2 hour or so to let it dry out in place to better conform to the pitch of the deck. With Step 85, I set the posts and beams Parts 5B-15B and Parts C4-C11. I recall Jodie @MystRacing talking about rounding out the posts. I twirled the posts on the belt sander and put some knicks and notches into them before applying the Ebony stain.
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The deck has two coats of Golden Oak Minwax stain and a coat of satin polyurethane. I plan to display the ship with the deck completely covered....when someone asks, "why two different deck colors"?, I'll flip it up and let them peek down to get a better look at the lower deck goodies. Under natural light, the difference is not as dramatic as it seems.
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I now glued Parts K5 & J21 together to make Bulkhead #3. Also secured (2) parts #20 and dry fitted them to the keel after the glue set on Bulkhead #3. I did a little bit of sanding prior to placing the bulkhead, but since this is my first build ever, I'm not sure how much of a bevel is needed so I prefer to err on the side of caution.
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In looking at the First Pole instructions, I see no mention of Bulkhead #16, until it is pictured in Step 101. Just more intrigue...so I decided to install it now. I beveled the edge to match the keel and did my best to not flatten it out as it has a natural curve to it.
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In Step 88, you need bionic eyes to read the yellow text on a white background. I think it calls for Part #E4 to be placed. This requires you place the hinges and pins for the two doors as well. After I set the doors and did the appropriate staining, I glued part #E4 to the frontside of the #6 Bulkhead facing the bow.
Finally, after such a brutal start, avoiding disaster and sailing toward our final treasure, I jumped ahead and finished Step #99 and installed Part #E3 to the backside of Bulkhead #15 facing the bow. I also added a personal touch by revealing the location of the cursed Aztec treasure on a map I placed in the gun deck in between the stern doors.
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Who left the doors open?
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Well mates, we're finally back on course and its time for weekend shore duty.
Next week we secure the lanterns for the gun deck. A special shout out to Jodie @ MystRacing for mailing me his extra brass parts for the lanterns, since my kit only came with 24.
We have completed 94 of 268 Steps of the First Pole....for 35% completion of this part of the build.
Until next time....Ahoy all.
That's a good point Vic, didn't give it much thought yet...but I think its a good idea that I will follow through with. I still don't have a real mental image of how the ship comes together yet? Next week is the lights and once the sides go on, I think I'll have a better feel for things.I like your map and your doors. Are you going to leave them open at all? I painted the inside of my room black in case I wanted to leave them open.
Err and caution, an oxymoron that I discovered in life during my 66 years...ha! The Admiral so enjoyed your comment! I warned everyone in my first log this build would be a mix of entertainment and education....serious modelers wouldn’t learn much from me. I have really enjoyed the small sense of accomplishment to this point on something I have never done before! Anyone expecting precision and accuracy from my novice Neanderthal approach will be highly disappointed. Bear paws and modeling...another oxymoron! Love hearing from you and enjoy your input Paul!You, sir, may have just about the most entertaining build log on the forum. Though my favorite line today was, "I prefer to err on the side of caution" coming from a guy who just put a dumbbell on his ship... .