Hi everyone. My name is Reggie and I am a true, honest to goodness newbie. The only ship I ever built was a cheapie 1:130 sailboat model that I purchased from Lazada (the Far East equivalent of Amazon). It took me a while to build, only because I was really coming from a zero knowledge base, and every step was like groping in the dark. I was never very handy with my hands, for I’ve always been an office-type guy. My last job before I retired in 2015 was heading a national tv and media organization in the Philippines.
I stumbled across this forum and was so mesmerized (and not just a little bit jealous) of all the beautiful builds and I was immediately hooked. I read through the builds of @Donnie and @DariusArchitectus and was fascinated by their techniques, artistry and creativity. (I am sure there are lots of others in the group just as equally talented, so apologies if I fail to mention your names.) It was like bingeing on Netflix – I just couldn’t stop reading. Then I came across the build logs of @Hoffy, @Jay and @epicdoom for the ZHL Black Pearl Golden Edition, and I knew right away what my next project was going to be.
I placed my order through ZHL’s website on April 19 and it was fairly straightforward, including payment using Paypal. With the Covid quarantine restrictions, I didn’t expect to receive the package quite as fast. But, lo and behold, on April 23 I received an email which said my package has shipped via DHL, complete with a tracking number. It took a few more days for it to get to Manila and clear Customs, but I finally received the package on May 4. Not bad. And no customs duties! Shout-out to Max at ZHL... well done.
So, that brings me to today. I thought that I could start a build log, but focus more on the newbie perspective – including how to get started, what basic tools you need, basic concepts, how to navigate through the various choke points in the build, etc.
I hope the group will be forgiving for any mistakes in technique that I may commit, and I will welcome any constructive criticism or suggestions so I can further develop my skills. I look to our more experienced members for guidance and thank you all in advance. And please be patient with me... it may take longer for me to do this since I will need to do a lot of reading and research every step of the way.
So here it goes. I will start with the unboxing of the kit. Admin, this is my first post, so please let me know if I can do things better
The box arrived fairly well secured. I thoroughly disinfected the box before bringing it inside the house, as a precaution against Covid-19.
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Inside were two boxes, the smaller one containing the masts and planking strips. The other box had all the other components. Planks are Black walnut and Paulownia.
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C'è un libretto di istruzioni a colori di 32 pagine. Probabilmente non così dettagliato come avrei voluto, ma per ora dovrò farlo.
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Le immagini seguenti mostrano il resto del contenuto della confezione. Include anche alcuni LED, cavi e quadro elettrico. Inoltre sono mostrate le 3 lanterne per la poppa.
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Un foglio di parti in rame fotoincise. E, una piacevole sorpresa, un panno pretagliato per la vela con bordi piacevoli e puliti.
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Sculture e altri ornamenti.
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Cannoni, mezzi cannoni e Ancoras
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Deadeyes, blocchi, perline, ecc
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Parti in legno tagliate al laser
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Ops ... sembra che abbia raggiunto il massimo di 25 immagini allegate. Pubblicherò di più nel prossimo.
Grazie a tutti. Spero di non aver fatto troppo male.
Volevo chiederti se era possibile avere i piani di costruzione di questa barca io lo comprata uguale ho confrontato i pezzi col tuo lavoro e combaciano ti chiedo per piacere se me li invii oppure li pubblichi sul sito grazie un amministratore ha mi ha pubblicato dei fogli ma non combaciano col mio mi sono appena immerso in questo campo bellissimo e senza istruzioni di montaggio non riuscirei ad iniziare grazie ti invio la mia email: firstname.lastname@example.org grazie in anticipoOnwards to the part of the build that I dread the most ... the double planking using the black walnut strips provided in the kit. These are 0.5mm x 4.5mm x 400mm. Very nice color ... the hue is akin to chocolate brown. Right off the bat, I knew that I will have to cut the planks into bite-sized pieces because the 400mm length was not enough to traverse the entire hull from stem to stern. I guesstimated that a length of 105mm for each plank will convert to about 22 feet ... so that's how I decided to proceed. I also decided to stagger the butt joints every 3rd plank. For gluing the walnut strips, I used wood glue because I figured that it will be an easier clean up afterwards, and moreover, because I will be using natural oil finish later on, I didn't want any CA glue residue ruining the finish.
I decided that my first plank will follow the line of the main deck, by way of the bulwark piece. This was fairly straightforward and I was using full width planks the entire length from stem to stern.
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But, before I got too far, I noticed that with the dark walnut strips laying on top of the beige coloured first layer paulownia planks, any gaps in the planking were very visible with the stark color contrast. So I thought I would paint the hull a dark color in order to somewhat hide any gaps in the planks. (Hindsight though, I was debating whether this was such a good idea because I was unsure if by painting, I have weakened the grip of the glue and the planks onto the hull). Anyway, here's what it looked like. I just used a very light wash of dark brown acrylic paint. I wasn't too worried about the patchy look of the paint.
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I put up temporary battens to create planking bands to help me visualise the amount of trimming that I will have to do on the bow. I tried my best to let the batten lay naturally over the hull. Each band turned out to be about 7 planks wide. The vertical lines are just reference points to how much I had to trim the planks at various point in the hull. Turns out, except towards the forward-most part of the hull, the width for practically the entire length of the hull was almost exactly the same. But, as you can see, towards the bow, the hull narrows down quite severely so I knew I will have quite a challenge to try and fit the planks, even by trimming them. In the end, by doing quick calculations, I figured that if I trimmed the planks to about half their original size towards the end, I can have a fighting chance of getting it done. Unfortunately, I had to surrender to a couple of drop planks for it to work out. But so far, I was quite pleased because I managed to avoid forcing the planks to bend unnaturally.
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Towards the lower side of the hull is where I started getting in trouble. I had too many planks left to put in a very narrow space. And, no matter what I did, I just could not get the planks to lay naturally and fill the gaps at the same time. I could force them to bend laterally towards the bow, but I would have had too much "rise" and crinkling in some spots. So I had to cheat a little bit. I discovered that if I cut the forward-most planks into shorter lengths, that I can make them lay flat on the hull and with a butt joint where the curve starts to bend, I can trim the planks to simulate a rounded edge.
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I managed to get through most of the planks glued on, and at this point I only have to figure out how to close the remaining gap.
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Towards the home stretch.
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Now I can finally solder the side LEDs for the captain's quarters.
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I was unsure how to finish planking the keel portion, especially towards the deadwood area. I didn't do a rabbet and the way I have it, I had the "garboard" plank extend all the way towards the edge of the stern (both the first layer 2mm paulownia planks, and the second layer 0.5mm walnut planks). I thought it looked kind of awkward with the drop off from 2.5mm thick to 0.5mm towards the bottom of the keel. Question please: should I have just double planked only up to the natural path of the last plank on the hull? Also, should I trim the double planks towards the back end of the deadwood area so that the very edge of the keel is only single planked? I hope I explained it clearly enough. I still have to learn how to draw lines on my photos. I can modify this area if necessary.
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Quindi, finalmente, è fatto. Non perfetto, ma molti insegnamenti e un po 'di soddisfazione che ho ottenuto.
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Grazie per essere intervenuto. Come sempre, commenti e suggerimenti sono ben accetti.
Hi @Lillo ....I will email the instructions that I have to your email account.Volevo chiederti se era possibile avere i piani di costruzione di questa barca io lo comprata uguale ho confrontato i pezzi col tuo lavoro e combaciano ti chiedo per piacere se me li invii oppure li pubblichi sul sito grazie un amministratore ha mi ha pubblicato dei fogli ma non combaciano col mio mi sono appena immerso in questo campo bellissimo e senza istruzioni di montaggio non riuscirei ad iniziare grazie ti invio la mia email: email@example.com grazie in anticipo
@Lillo ....I emailed the instructions for the Black Pearl just now. Please note that these are for the Golden Edition 2019...there are 2 other versions of this called Top Level Sealed version and Top Level All scenario version. Please check which model you have. Enjoy.T chiedo gentilmente se mi puoi inviare ho mettere sul sito i piani di costruzione della tua barca ho comprato in cina lo stesso modello ho confrontato le immagini col mio ed e lo stesso un amministratore qualche giorno fa mi ha pubblicato delle immagini ma non coincidono col mio mi sono appena immerso in questo campo e mai ad la mia email: firstname.lastname@example.org grazie a presto