Endeavour 1934 - yacht J-class - 1:80 Amati

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It's been a while since I started this boat, but I'm moving much more slowly than usual...
It's summer, I have things to do outside the model.
This is the 1934 J-class sailboat Endeavour, America's Cup challenger.






An elegant sailboat with very pure lines, a design made for the race!




The kit is from Amati 1:80, plank-on-frame construction, classic.
Well, as usual, I will not stick to the stuff recommended in the box in terms of colors or furnishings ...: ds:
I will still do as I feel, and I have some ideas!
The kit is simple, even simplistic on deck elements in particular: I will have to review all that.

So, for now, it's about making a hull about right. I'm only here:











 
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Yes, of course: it is planned a second planking mahogany 0.5x3mm.

In theory, the kit provides blue colors above the waterline, mahogany varnished below.
I do not want that for this model, so the 2nd edged mahogany becomes useless. So, it's up to me to do the first correctly so that the hull has a beautiful line, and receive the painting!

But if I ever miss, I can always put this second skin... ;)
 

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I wanted to close this hull before leaving a few days: it's done!
After, I will finish the stern with a lathing diagonally, and the rudder that will finish the refined line of this hull ...
Then comes the moment of slight touch-ups to the wood-pulp (could not do better ...), then fade, then the deck, and painting the hull. :)

















 

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I advanced a little on this J class. :)

First the support after those made on the shipyards (tinted and aged to contrast with the new and very smooth side of the boat).
He replaces that of Amati (left) that I find ugly ...

Then the hull is finished, sanded, passed with a varnish, repointed (2 times). Then painting: at least 4 or 5 layers to have this gradient from blue to black towards the keel.

The mast and the boom are made, but not painted.
Next step, the lathing of the deck ... A long time to pass on! :cool:

















 

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The deck of Endeavour is moving slowly!
I'm not very often on it right now. And then, we must recognize that lathing and the method chosen make it a crazy job ...
Linden slats in 1x2mm with walnut joints of 0.5x1mm placed on the edge!
And why be simple when it can be complicated: I added islands in 1x1 under each important piece of equipment to come (roof, crew descents, etc ...). Finally, I did not want kit portholes that look like round head rivets over the deck. So I opted for brass washers, filled with glazing (a rhodoïds below, transparent resin to fill the central thickness). And suddenly, you have to dress with slats around everyone ... :cool:

It must be carefully equalized with an X-Acto blade (no sanding). And when everything is laid, it will be necessary to go to the scraper gently, then a hard coat with a cloth to keep realism ... :p

So, here we are :









 

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Wow - this is getting a beautiful deck - with the two different kind of timber - we can imagine, that this is really a huge work
Thanks for sharing this working step and progress
 

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I arrived at the end of the deck !
This is the raw version before light protection and retouching paint on the edges. It's still a crazy job to do ... :)











 
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