Model Shipways RATTLESNAKE Build Log

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I finally got around to doing my first build log. Already well into the basic hull so this log is not from the beginning. Started by building a clamping base to hold the hull from aluminum angle drilled and tapped to make thing easier to handle. A lot of time was spent building various jigs to keep things square and sized correctly. Need some more sanding then will start the hull planking above the wale.

Question: As to the paint - what is recommended, flat, matte, or gloss? Can't decide if Acrylic, enamel, or lacquer is the best way to go.

All criticism greatly accepted.Rattlesnake 00.jpgRattlesnake 02.jpgRattlesnake 03.jpgRattlesnake 04.jpgRattlesnake 05.jpgRattlesnake 06.jpgRattlesnake 07.jpg
 

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Very good start - with the building log and also with the construction on the model - I will follow with big interest.
Due to the fact, that I am not painting my models, using only oil for the wood-finish, I am not the right one to answer your question, but here are a lot of specialists, which are able to answer it - but often it is question of taste.
Your jig - stand is looking very good, you will be happy for the later works, that your model has a fixed stabile stand.
During the planking works, I think you will often have the hull in your hands and not in the jig.
I guess the model is double planked, or?
 

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Probably single planked. Will see how sturdy it as after the planking is complete. Will use a suction cup small rotatable vice for the planking.
Thanks for the comment.

How do I add the section with what is complete and what is in progress?
 

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Model Shipways sells the paints for the Rattlesnake. I have used their paints for the 18th Century Armed Longboat which I am currently building and found them to be very good. I have recently bought the Rattlesnake also and will be following your build with great interest.
 

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Thanks CW. Found TKAM's Rattlesnake build is a GREAT help. Only my 4th build and need all the help I can get. As an amateur I find the directions sorely lacking.
 

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I used acrylic for mine for ease of cleanup and you can thin them enough to spray thru the air brush but you could do that with any I guess what ever you feel comfortable with
 

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I used acrylic for mine for ease of cleanup and you can thin them enough to spray thru the air brush but you could do that with any I guess what ever you feel comfortable with
I've use acrylic most of the time for just the reason you mentioned. Used to taxidermy fish and I used automotive lacquer but to expensive for models. Still use auto primer for hulls. Guess I'll stick to acrylic flat and airbrush on this one. Thanks
 

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Starting to look like a ship. Completed the planking above the wale and on the ceiling. Whole lot of filling and sanding on those sections but want to tackle the hull planking next to make it a little sturdier. The keel is kind of rickety because of the rabbit and I'll feel better when that's taken care of.

The bulkheads were not very true and it required some shimming to get them in correct alinement. Also sistered one deck beam to give a better base for decking at the bow. Surprisingly so far that's the only one I broke. You can see the extra deck beam in the bow shot. Still need to sand down to make flush with other beams.

The slot along the top where the rails go was a little weak between the bulkheads so I filled in with scrap to give a solid base for installing the rails. After following other builds I decided to skip the fill and sand the hull smooth routine and just airbrush to let the rough planking show.
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I finally got around to doing my first build log. Already well into the basic hull so this log is not from the beginning. Started by building a clamping base to hold the hull from aluminum angle drilled and tapped to make thing easier to handle. A lot of time was spent building various jigs to keep things square and sized correctly. Need some more sanding then will start the hull planking above the wale.

Question: As to the paint - what is recommended, flat, matte, or gloss? Can't decide if Acrylic, enamel, or lacquer is the best way to go.

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Great work. I always use matt paints. Gloss on a model is not in scale on a scale model to my opinion. I use enamel as well as acrylic and even oil paints, depending on color and effect you want to create. I also use ink to color the wood and finish it with oils, this is giving a very neat finish.
 

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I don't use paints at all...simply because I don't know how to paint 'the correct way'. But I have to agree with Maarten, use mate colors if possible an and mate varnish\olil for the finish.
 

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I finally got around to doing my first build log. Already well into the basic hull so this log is not from the beginning. Started by building a clamping base to hold the hull from aluminum angle drilled and tapped to make thing easier to handle. A lot of time was spent building various jigs to keep things square and sized correctly. Need some more sanding then will start the hull planking above the wale.

Question: As to the paint - what is recommended, flat, matte, or gloss? Can't decide if Acrylic, enamel, or lacquer is the best way to go.

All criticism greatly accepted.View attachment 126958View attachment 126959View attachment 126960View attachment 126961View attachment 126962View attachment 126963View attachment 126964
Excellent start for sure, I'm getting flashbacks. I'm not a big fan of painting hulls with the exception that most/all ships have black wales. I'm painting this one just for the variation, to have one model that was painted and that's the only reason. I think rattlesnake would look fantastic with a Minwax golden oak stained hull. If I did Rattlesnake a second time that's what I'd do. That being said if you're going to paint it, Model Shipways paints go hand in hand with Model Shipways kits.
 

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Excellent start for sure, I'm getting flashbacks. I'm not a big fan of painting hulls with the exception that most/all ships have black wales. I'm painting this one just for the variation, to have one model that was painted and that's the only reason. I think rattlesnake would look fantastic with a Minwax golden oak stained hull. If I did Rattlesnake a second time that's what I'd do. That being said if you're going to paint it, Model Shipways paints go hand in hand with Model Shipways kits.
My paint /oil selection is usually driven by the wife of son. Depends who is going to wind up with it on completion.
 

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Obviously I'm still learning to plank a hull. Lots of sanding, filling, more sanding...... Drilled the mounting holes and added filler blocks in the hull while I had the keel mounted square in the drill press. After I'm happy with the sanding I spray auto primer and sand again. The color scheme will be the same as the the photo on the box. 20200114 Rattlesnake 01.jpg20200114 Rattlesnake 02.jpg20200114 Rattlesnake 03.jpg20200114 Rattlesnake 04.jpg
 

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