Marie Jeanne - Billing Boats - 1/50

Jolley Roger

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Hi guys, this is my first build log on SOS.
I am a novice builder, so far I have finished the AL Mare Nostrum and are busy with the AL Mayflower(basically done with the hull and fittings, rigging looming ahead)
I have decided to put the Mayflower on hold and build this model first, to teach myself a bit more about rigging.
I bought the model at Tower Hobbies about 10 years ago(!) for about 20 bucks. The reason it was so cheap was because it was in the 'scratch and dent' section, specifically mentioning that 'some' parts might be missing.

This is what I got:

The box, still in good nick, looking promising
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Laser cut plywood sheet, all the little fittings for the deck and rigging
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All the masts, sails(plus extra fabric for different color sails), rigging thread, plans
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What was missing - the plywood sheet with the keel and frames - eek! ps. and no planks!
Had to figure out a way to make these from scratch, as getting replacement parts to this part of the planet is near impossible.
 
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Jolley Roger

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I used the plan drawing to get the shape of the keel and the rudder.
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Luckily Billing Boats included a picture of the missing plywood sheet in their instructions(not to scale)Capture.JPG
I used the rudder as a template and enlarged the picture on a copier until the rudder fitted the picture, a very rough way of doing it, but beggars can't be choosers!
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And Bob's your uncle, a full set of frames and a keel cut out of scrap plywood
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Looks like it's going to work!
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Jolley Roger

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Some progress on this little beauty:

The false deck fitted quite well considering. My bulkheads were about 1mm too wide, so a lot of sanding has been happening in the shipyard!
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I have added balsa filler blocks to the bow and stern to help me getting a better idea of the shape of the hull79661
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X marks the spot! I have also added extra balsa bulkheads marked with the X to aid with the planking process

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The next couple of days will be spent shaping the hull, then planking can start
 

Jolley Roger

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Been planking away for a while now.
At the bottom of this pic is my planking material, coffee stirring sticks made from Birch wood, which I get for the equivalent of $7 a 1000 over here.
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She is taking shape nicely, starting to look the part. The hull will eventually be painted, so not too concerned about the planking pattern.
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A rabbet line helps to straighten things out
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The Birch wood bends very easily with a bit of heat from a cheap curling tong and sands very smooth
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