Build Log: 18th Century Longboat for HMS Medea project. 1:48 scale. Model Shipways kit.

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As promised on my HMS Medea scratch build log, here are the plans I will be working to for the longboat.

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End of day one I've sorted out the pieces, cut out the keel, false keel and stem and shaved the edge of the false keel to simulate the rabbet. Tomorrow I will begin gluing.

What this has taught me already is that I need to go slowly and carefully. The basswood in the kit is so much more fragile than the Silver Ash I am using in my Medea build.

The tiny clothes pegs I bought a long time ago for clamping small pieces needed modification to sit flat so I have trimmed off their leading edge with my razor saw.
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Day one done and not yet dusted.
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I keep thinking about you in Brooklyn. It must be horrific at the moment. Stay safe.
Thanks, Ian. We are OK, but people still outside... and this is just bad. Starting last week anyone without a specific reason (food store, doctor's appointment, etc) will be fined $1000.00 .....ouch! The biggest problem, they cannot identify how many people may be contagious, even if they are not sick. No room in the hospitals and people buried in public graves. Ther are no rooms in morgues, they ordered mobil food refrigerators for this. it just awful. Speechless

On another side, stores have food and most important... yes...you are right...toilet paper! We have food delivered using Amazon, right to our door. We are OK.
 
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Thanks, Ian. We are OK, but people still outside... and this is just bad. Starting last week anyone without a specific reason (food store, doctor's appointment, etc) will be fined $1000.00 .....ouch! The biggest problem, they cannot identify how many people may be contagious, even if they are not sick. No room in the hospitals and people buried in public graves. Ther are no rooms in morgues, they ordered mobil food refrigerators for this. it just awful. Speechless

On another side, stores have food and most important... yes...you are right...toilet paper! We have food delivered using Amazon, right to our door. We are OK.
Thanks Jim
It's a tragedy which could have been minimized, but now the containment is going to be painful.

We've been in self isolation for 2-3 weeks now, only venturing out for essentials. Also I take our community bus to the store once a week and help two other volunteers collect and distribute supermarket orders. We have 200 villas here and many residents are frail or have health concerns worse than mine so it is best if we can continue to do this for as long as we can safely do it.

Thankfully as a writer there is always something to do if I get tired of model building and my wife is a book restorer who can still work from home. She's also becoming an accomplished artist with all this time to fill.

All the very best.
 
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A little more progress. Have started the planking and will hopefully complete that tomorrow or so. My first attempt at planking and I find it challenging at this scale, but a great learning exercise to prepare me for the larger model Medea build.

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I found a block of wood in the vise ideal to hold the inverted model while measuring an fitting planks.

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Planking (such as it is) complete.
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The learning curve was good for me and I won't taper so many planks next time. The main thing I learned was that I should have beveled the edges of the planks. Of course the plans explained that but I somehow missed it and it caused gaps which had to be filled with thin strips.

Now to cut out the bulkheads.
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As there has been some discussion lately about how to remove the laser cut bulkheads, here's how I went about it.

First I used a fine file to cut down as far as comfortable.
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Then I finished the cut with a sharp blade.
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Using surgical pliers the waste was prised out.
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Due more to clumsiness than the method, I managed to damage the tops of a couple of frames but nothing that can't be fixed.
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