ZHL Black Pearl 2019 top level edition

sleepyfish

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Well this is my first build ( larger scale )and my first build log. I did build an AL chinese junk for a training/learning but didn't do a log on it. Thought I better start a log before I got to far along on the build. I will hopefully be able to update the log about once a week. I only get a couple hours a day at best to work on the ship.
Disclaimer: Any misaligned parts or flaws in build quality are strictly optical illusions produced by the camera :rolleyes:

These were my first builds, a china knock off black pearl kit ( abandoned due to lost parts in mail and poor quality) and an AL chinese junk starter/learning buildSAM_0182.JPG

Decking is 1mmx3.8mm Indonesian Lumber, golden oak stain and damp cloth ebony stain (light wiped) to bring out grain and pre stain edges.
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I won't be putting in lights and left out the glass so this will be the extent of captains quarter details as sight line will only be through windows.
I cut decking to 100mm ( 16 feet scale ) planks for the captains quarters and will probably do the same for poop deck
The main deck plank end details are done with the dent and pencil technique ( or just plain laziness if truth be told LOL )
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First layer planking and water/start line of final planking ready. Really struggled with finish planking choice. I was going to do a light yellow and black theme but have
now decided to use the supplied walnut and see how that goes. I must say I'm not a fan of the 0.6 mm veneer planking wood, just doesn't feel like a plank to me and
doesn't seem to lay down flat as well as thicker wood. O well will just go with it and if I don't like it I may just paint it black at the end of the daySAM_0193.JPG
 

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I can and want to repeat the words of Brian - looking very good
Many thanks for starting this building log. Me and a lot of others will follow with big interest.
 

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Got the poop deck on and started side planking (black stain on hull to hide any gaps in planking). As i chose not to put glass in the windows I discovered the "poke your finger thru the window screen technique":oops: Luckily I didn't put the shutters on the inside of the rear cabin wall so I can use them to cover the broken window ( covered with construction cardboard for now so I don't do it again). Also found that I had to re align/taper my planking because I didn't get the first waterline strips on straight. Will definitely have to revisit planking tutorials here on SOS for my next project. Have decided to paint the hull in the end so this shouldn't be to much of an issue. The learning curve just keeps getting longer LOL. Seasons Greetings to all!

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"any flaws strictly optical illusion".....I'll have to remember that one.!!!
 

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Got laid up for a couple months ( torn rotator cuffs - AGAIN!!! ) Anyway getting back to the ship once again. Managed to get planking finished and started on the deck details. I didn't mind planking after the half way point but it is a bit of a grind. The good news is I now have an excuse ;)to buy my next project ( ZHL Le Requin - pear with lifeboat (( once max is able to open business after corana virus)) POF with open hull - Therefore limited planking. That's my justification and I'm sticking to it LOL.

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wales on and a coat of helmsmans satin spar varnish , varnish is a little to glossy in patches for me so I have ordered some epifanes matte wood finish to try and dull it down a bit. A few pieces on the poop deck so now I guess it will be stairs and railings next. black patina applied to metal bits today and turned out OK. Tried the copper patina on ships wheel but it turned out gray but looks fine to me ( metal is more zinc than lead I guess) * silver cannons in pic are unfinished *

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Hallo @sleepyfish ,
we wish you all the BEST and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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Keep Care and Stay Healthy
 
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