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Time for the first full frames.
I prepared 4 full frames 17-20, of which 17 18 is a double frame.
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After fairing 17 18 I glue together with black glue.
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And leave them to dry in place in the hull to ensure proper fitment.
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After drying I remove the frame for again some fairing and sanding.
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The double frame is bolted with 0,4 mm wire. Holes drilled to fit the wire.
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Bolts are fitted.
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And now time for @Jimsky 's magic the cup burr to finish the bolts.
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Now the frame can be finally fitted and glued in place with white pva.
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Followed by two single frames.
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Slow but steady progress. After finishing the rear cant frames I am back to the bow added some full frames, double frames and filler frames.
The power frames are glued first one half and after drying removed and turned in the template to attach the second half to make it a full frame.
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For these frames there is no fairing template any more, these need to be faired by eye, you can follow the shape of the jig.
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The double frames I glue together in the jig, but still detached from the keel.
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I fair the frame along the difference in size between the two joined frames.
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You see the edges sanded into a smooth angled shape.
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Add the bolts into them and another one finished.
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In some spots a half filler frame is added. As I glue my frames with black PVA this creates a bit of a mess. To make space to add and glue the frame to the filler frame I made some extra space in the notches in the top of the jig to create some extra play while fitting the frame without smearing the black glue everywhere.
After fitting I chocked them to close the glue joints.
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The finishing of the filler frame will be done later.
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Looks stunning, Maarten. The black lines you achieved by mixing PVA and ecoline look so sharp. What's the ratio?
I did it just by gut feeling to get the proper grey black color and thickness to get the PVA through an injection needle.
It is more or less a view drops ecoline per seringe of PVA.
 

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Very good work my friend - it is looking very good - btw. in the top view with the huge number of frames is looking like a hull of a ship of the line, and not a cutter
Really a very interesting kit Thumbsup combined with very good modelers work Thumbs-UpThumbs-Up
 

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Hi Greg, welcome to this blog, good to see you here.
This small kit is a lot of fun and a rather quick build due to all the cnc machined parts. Now on the road for 2 months and expect to finish all the ribs before years end.

Current status is some frames added to the stern section.
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Some framing details with black pva.
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I am working in shifts of 4 frame sets, this means every time two single frames and one double. The next batch of 4 is now ready for finishing and fitment. Working from stem to midship and from stern to midship to constantly have maximum space to work on the frames and fit them.

Now still 15 frames to go.
 

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As an in between I started on the stove.
First of all the tile floor laser cut in cherry, finished and filed the edges to give a clear stone structure and painted with oil paint as @Jolley Roger did.
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The first layer with burned Sienna.
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The second layer touch up in wet with Crimson.
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After that some final light red accents with kraplak (Madder Lake)
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Now it first has to dry before I can start to paint the joints with a mixture of white and van dijck brown, but that later this week.

The rough surface of the wood I created by brushing the wood with a brass brush, before painting it, to give it a more stone like appearence.
 
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Now it is time to look for all the parts making the stove, these are all the parts, cut and cleaned.
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I started with the oven doors, I fit these so they can be opened and closed. For that the door handle has to be operational. I do this by drilling the hole just to fit the handle and then clinch the handle on the inside of the door.
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The hole can be made to fit the handle exactly with a tapered micro milling bit by hand.
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This is the oven door dry fitted in its final place, now with te door handle closed. The handle I will cut and finish to proper length when finally fitted.
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To be continued.
 

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Ok as Christmas is getting near the stress on board is increasing to finish the stove.
After preparing the oven doors it is time to fit it into the hinge.
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The hinge clamped between the side and rear section of the stove, makes it possible to make this oven door to open and close.
I glue the sides together with CA, first wanted to solder but the melting of temp of the material is to low for this.
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Next is the bottom grate. This is closed so I open it up with a cutting disc to make it into a real grate. First dril the ends.
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Cut the grate.
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And finished compared to the front grate.
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Fitting the hook for the cooking pot on the inside.
This hook can swing in and out of the stove.
The bottom grate is also fitted.
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Fitting the oven.
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The stove gets real scale wood blocks.
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Cut to pieces.
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And all ready to be painted, heat resistent paint ofcourse :).
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While the multi layers thin paints is drying I make a cooking pot from copper pipe and plate.
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Soldering the copper plate to a piece of pipe starts the shape of the pot.
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Now I grind away the copper plate towards the pipe to get a real pot, followed by sanding and drilled out the inside to make the walls thinner.
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Drill some holes and make a handle and you get a simple copper cooking pot.
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Fit it into the stove for which I also made a spit roast. It will be pig roast for the officers.
The pig is made from clay.
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Now the tile floor joints are next.
I paint these with oil paint, white and Van Dijck brown.
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As these joints are so small the paint which is outside the joints needs to be removed. My wife did this for me with a brush and some turpentine. She also gave some retouches to the tiles, resulting in my finished floor.
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In the mean time I gave my pig some extra color.
When the paint and clay is hardened I will give some extra detail to the pig by scratching into the clay.
But for now this is it.
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And to give you an idea about size.
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This was a nice little project.
 
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