Bluenose by Scientific

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Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:23 pm

I stumbled upon this kit on Ebay and the price was right! I thought I would try my hand at my 1st wooden kit and went with a solid hull model. I noticed that this schooner seemed to have a lot of builds and information online. My wife was kind enough to purchase Frank Mastini's book "Ship Modeling Simplified", which I'm very grateful to have as a reference. When it arrived, whoever originally owned it had already adhered the two decks to the hull and did not make a clean cut in doing so. They had also cut through some of the pieces and some pieces of wooden parts were missing. This explains the 'great deal.

No worries - I was lucky to pick up some basswood strips and sheets at Joann's and started in on this project. First, I used different grades of sandpaper to smooth out the hull. I then used Elmer's wood putty to fill in gaps and dents in both the hull and keel. Then re-sanded, primed, re-sanded and primed. I then went on to shape the rudder to the hull and primed as well. I tried to clean up the cut mark on the deck and stained the deck with Cabot's Autumn Glow stain & sealer.
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:33 pm

Here is the deck after staining. I wanted a warm, darker color to contrast with the white/grey fittings on deck. I have added my side rails and stancions at this point. *I realized that there should have been more stancions than what I have, but the plans to this kit were very vague. It was not until I started to look closely at other models that I noticed the difference. My scuppers are also not an 'accurate' depiction but it is what it is.
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Canoe21 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:50 pm

Hello Fright

Golly but you sure did make a great find, your Bluenose sure will be a ship that you will be proud of for many years to come. One little word of advice is, please do take your time. Shipbuilding is not a job but a hobby. And if for some reason what you see is not pleasing to your eye then, by all means, rebuild it. Your ship will last a lifetime and maby many years after that if you do your best.

My first ship was also the Bluenose, given to me by my Admiral many years ago, oh I did make my share of mistakes in building her but she still sits on the shelf in our living room, as proud as ever, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:18 pm

Lawrence - many thanks for taking a look and your advice on taking one's time. I also refer to the Bluenose Practicum from time to time to see some differences between the kits and trying to add more detail to this kit. Working with wood seems to give one a feel that one is really building a ship. It's different but I think it is more forgiving than plastic models.

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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:24 pm

The one-page plans were a little unclear as to how to attach the rails, stancions and monkey rails to the hull. I finally got some advice from two other modelers and I got them in place. A little more putty work to hide the seams; shaped the rudder; more primer and masked off the hull for her paint job.
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:36 pm

After painting the hull, I started in with the main cabin. Also made the pintles and gudgeons from brass strips and attached to the rudder. Drilled a hole for a pin into top of rudder to set into the hull for better stability. Our daughter and grandson came to visit with us and the little one was fascinated with my ships. I let him help me on the two dories. I let him glue the seats into the dories and let him dip the thread into 50/50 white glue/water mix for my rope coils. He's now my First Mate!
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Fright » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:51 pm

Proceeded to make the dory stands out of strips of basswood and stained them. Worked on the forward hatch; added the forward stove vent to the deck; pinrails in place and worked on the Samson post and bowsprit. Added the two hatches and main pinrail to the deck. The eye bolts are 2mm pins from HobbyLobby painted flat black. Flat white and light grey was used on cabins and hatches. Placed grating in front of forward hatch and used clear nail polish to finish. The windlass is sitting in place (not glued) to check positioning.
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Donnie » Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:21 am

Fantastic !! I love it.

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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by GaryM » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:58 pm

Nice work and love that a new generation is interested in your model.
Happy modeling,
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Re: Bluenose by Scientific

Post by Donnie » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:41 pm

Oh - BTW - never heard of scientific as far as boxed kits go. Interesting. Is this the only boat / ship they have? The young one is very fortunate to have someone like you mentor him and how him. I never enjoyed that when growing up.

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