As explained before I tried a new way of bending planks both external and internal (ceiling planking) followed the instructions, I did not use heat to shapoe the planks just soaked in hot wter for a couple of minutes then clamped in place cam out GREAT the bend fit right in, let dry overnight and it came out Great, it was 1/16 inch material do not know how much thicker material will work this way
Progress pictures showing ceiling planking, and kit supplied decking, and kit bashed decking, showing the last starbord bashed plank to be cut and shapped will bash all the decks in this manner as I do not like the looks of kit supplied decking
Hi Joe, Thanks for the compliment,,, My thoughts on the kit is this it is one of the better MS kits, the plans are excellent and the instructions are much better then other ms that I have done it is a large model mesuring 27inches, so can have a lot of details, Bob Crane did a wonderfull job on this kit, the only draw back is the materials, all in basswood with the decks pre made which looks rather checky, so I ordered beech and poplar from Dave at the Lumberyard, as always good quality material and am bashing the decking with Beech, I used beech on the exterior planking, and Poplar on the ceiling planking, and a couple of coats of Min-wax Natural stain, and finshed up wit a coat of Min-wax water based acrclic, to some up i think the kit is excellent overall, and a very nice build, let us see how the rest shapes up. Don
Will be doing more on this one and my Blanford build at the first of the year when all my CHRISTMAS PRESENTS ARE COMPLETED AND MAILED this usally happens at this time of year for me starting in October trough the end of Januray, so only do some fill in work on my mainprojects till the first. THANKS ALL Don
Hi Everyone, Finished all my Christmas gifts, now back to work on the Philadelphia gunboat and the Blanford X section, showing the difference of the kit furnished decking and my decking, WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK, also the kit provides a lot of patterens that i will be showing you, it has patterens for the location of EYE BOLTS, RING BOLTS AND HAWS HOLE LOCATIONS, and I love to us patterns, the picture I show is one of the patterns for KNEE LOCATIONS NOTICE THERE IS A DIFFERECE BETWEEN PORT AND STARBOARD LOCATIONS THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE 9 POUND GUN LOCATIONS FOR PORT AND STARBOARD,,,,so far I am enjoying this build, ,,,Blandford main deck will start as soon as I receive my timber package from the LUMBERYARD
More progress, on the Gunboat Philadelphia, showing the storage lockers dry fitted more work to be done on the staeboard locker, also showing the knees in place, and a interesting piece on the mas partner, using the kit provided jig, the jig CAN NOT BE GLUED IN PLACE OR YOU WILL NOT GET IT OUT, the mast partner is dry fitted, all coments or critisims accepted only way to learn.
more progress on the GUNBOAT PHILADELPHIA, pictures showing, the kit provided templates, for the ey bolts, ring bolts and hawes hole, the template showing the port side are the ring bolts for the GUN RIGGING, and some eye bolts for the rigging, the templates for the hawes hole on the port side both interior and exterior placement, the ring bolts and the eye bolts shown are through holes using a washer on the exterior, I apolgize for the picture showing the shot garland racks, it has a fixture for obtaining the correct height, the instructions say use 2 1/8 pieces and one 1/ 16 piece, after i finish building the gun cariages and probally the cap rails, i am going to put it aside for a while because the next step is the rigging which i need to study as I normally do not do the masts a rigging for 2 reasons 1 being room to display and the 2nd and prbally the real reason is that I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I AM DOING, so probally will need to ask questions, AND IAM GOING TO START A BUILDING LOG on WHAT I CALL A SEMI-SCRATCH BUILD OF JOHN CABOTS SHIP OF HIS EXPLORATION OF CANADAS COST ESPECIALLY NEWFOUNDLAND, as always all coments and crtisisms are accepted