Cazador Xebec - OcCre 1:60 [COMPLETED BUILD]

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It has begun...
First a short history. This is my second ship build. The first being the Norske Love by Billing Boats, single plank on bulkhead. I will post a pic to show my last progress on that ship, which was with the standing rigging almost completed. Unfortunately it came to an early demise in a recent move when a piece of furniture fell on it...sigh! Too far gone to rebuild it was thrown away. I lost over two years of work. That took the wind out of my sails, until I found this site, and my build desires were renewed! Thanks to all the great and talented people on here!
Although I still want to build the Norske Love again, and better, I just couldn’t bring myself to build the same ship two times in a row.
So I decided to take a step back and pursue something I could finish in less time and get a complete build under my belt. Hence the Cazador Xebec.
First ship below...E417BA81-E292-4DCA-A3D3-3475B366D177.jpegship-mdl-01.jpg
 
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Onto this build. First step was to set up shop and organize my tools and building supplies in cabinets and tool box. Then to unbox ship model and check contents. All is good so far.
So I decided the next step is to make a false keel clamp.
But looking at the plans I realized without the keel below the false keel in the first stages of the build, the bulkheads are almost to the bottom of the false keel. So no long blocks to clamp the false keel with. So I decide to use some angle brackets, that I ensured were square, and marked a line and screwed them down. Using the false keel as a guide to ensure they were between the bulkheads. Then I decided it would be easier to hold the keel perpendicular to the board by pushing it down flush and putting one small screw into it through the angle brackets. Hole will never be seen.
Next I checked to ensure the false keel was square with the board. Then I checked the length at the bottom for straightness. It had a slight bow in the middle. Double checked with the metal straight edge. So after verifying the bow, I put a screw and thumbnail to straighten it out. Problem solved all is square and ready to start on the bulkheads.
To keep the bow in the false keel from coming back after I unclamp to start planking the hull, I will use some additional blocks glued between the keel and bulkheads that tie everything together and will keep all square! Perhaps the decks will help, but I don’t want to take the chance of getting some kind of twist due to the keel trying to spring back at the bottom.
On to the bulkheads.
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Bulkheads are in!
I made sure they were square top to bottom and side to side. I used Titebond wood glue on the bulkhead to keel joint. After ensuring a bulkhead is square, I cut some small blocks out of spare wood to CA glue to hold square on both sides of the bulkhead. That way I don’t have to worry about it moving while I go on to the next one.
After the last bulkhead at the stern was glued, I noticed it had a slight twist...sigh! So I measured corner to corner from the previous bulkhead to the last at the stern. That verified what I was seeing. So I glued a spacer block on the side that had less of a gap and verified again. This frame is true front to back! I always hate dealing with bows and twists, but it has to be as close to perfect as I can manage.
Now to install the lower mast supports along with a few other supports and stiffeners I am adding to keep the false keel straight.
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Today was the main deck. It’s about 2mm thick and doesn’t want to bend too easy. I test fit it and it was an effort to bend in place to check. There is a bend going up towards the bow, and the entire deck rolls down hill towards port and starboard sides. So you end up with a compound curve at the bow.
So I ended up soaking it in hot water for about 10 minutes prior to installation.
Then I put on Titebond...and the race was on! They tell you to use the tiny nails provided and then file them flush afterwards.
First of all try nailing a tiny nail. You have to hold them with a small pair of needle nose pliers, while you get started. I soon realized I needed to use a punch. I have the perfect one with a pocket for the head of the nail. This made life much easier. I just used the pliers to push the pin in enough to where I could start using the punch. But being tedious work I was starting to worry about the glue drying before I finished putting in all these tiny nails!
Also while nailing towards the outer edge of the bulkhead, I had to wedge blocks under them to prevent flexing of the whole frame. Nail doesn’t want to go in when the force is being deflected.
But I persevered and soon I was going back and sinking the nail heads below the deck with the punch. No filing necessary!
I did notice the hole in the deck for the mast at the bow does not line up properly...sigh! I will cut that out and adjust when I plank the deck.
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Adjusted the foremast hole with a rat file and test fitted.
Started planking the bulkhead and the deck. Tedious work, penciling the edges of the boards.
I am using a H pencil, so it’s a soft lead and won’t roll the edges too much.
I am using Titebond wood glue to put them on, and spreading it on the back of the board with a tooth pick to eliminate squeeze out. Going good so far.
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Ok...I planked around the foremast to adjust that hole with the mast in place. Making serious progress...music is essential to taking your time and not rushing, at least for me. I get lost in the music and enjoy the work.
Anyway, I won’t continue to bore everyone with deck planking photos. Next update will be once I finish and trim and sand. Then I have a few decisions to make on nails and stain.
See you then...743D5688-BA4A-4890-AD6E-D1FB98714268.jpegA96A5566-4BD7-44C5-9391-BBE9CEC0E191.jpegC032A449-5606-4883-ACB6-3261825FD3BC.jpeg
 
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Well I pushed myself last night and finished the main deck planking. Did some sanding today and I’m close to being ready to stain. The model shows a medium stain color, however I’m tempted to just clear coat it. But it may look more like a sail boat with a light wood deck. Any thoughts on this?EA8C8416-80B6-4920-9305-C82346A327A4.jpegC67B1DC5-46D2-4C0A-8874-340F6AD0EA6A.jpeg
 
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This is the part where I complain about instructions. I see them as a suggestion and not an absolute! Sometimes things just make better sense using a different technique or in a different order than the instructions tell you. So my advice is always read ahead. In fact I spent an hour reading and looking at the entire instructions and images to see the work needed ahead and the logical order of things.

So they tell me to put the upper deck on next...but 30 steps later to put a door on the bulkhead I planked first, which will be covered by the upper deck! No thanks. I will be putting the door on next, before the upper deck, while I can still get to it easily.

I am fairing the hull, my least favorite part of the build! Decided to get that out of the way.

Next I will stain the deck and install the door on the bulkhead. Door will be fun, will do some painting and dry brushing on it.

I finished the door and took a pic. It’s really small, so only so much detail I can do. I still have to add the handle.
 

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This is the part where I complain about instructions. I see them as a suggestion and not an absolute! Sometimes things just make better sense using a different technique or in a different order than the instructions tell you. So my advice is always read ahead. In fact I spent an hour reading and looking at the entire instructions and images to see the work needed ahead and the logical order of things.
Did you know that the Couronne was the first ship build purposely as a war ship by the French?

Before that they where using conversion of merchant ship or purchasing from other country.

Also the wood used to build her came from a forest of a noble that was not friendly to the king and he almost not paid for it (and that noble he was not very happy about it), in fact the king used all the wood of that forest on subsequent ship with almost not paying for it.
 
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Added nail holes, stained...then hit with steel wool to weather some. Overall pretty happy with it. Looks darker in pics for some reason?
And I installed the door I painted on the bulkhead. The door handle they give you us is a hoop on an eye (you have to put hoop on eye with tweezers). It’s all brass and I painted silver hinges...lol. Looks like I need to get some gold or copper paint. Will paint hinges and bolt heads to match.
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