18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scale

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18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scale

Postby catopower » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:04 am

I'd had a build log for my 18th Century English Longboat going on another site, but it's time to post it here with my other build logs (well, here and on MSW). I started this kit back when the item first came out. I'd been working on some scratch projects and I thought it would make a good diversion to pull out and work on now and again. It's been "in progress" though for so long and far enough along now that I'm ready to put all my effort into finishing up this model.

I've had a great time with this kit and I'm pretty happy with how it has turned out. It's pretty rare for me to build a kit without changing things, but so far I've pretty good about not fooling around with changes and just building the model. It's not as nice as some of the fabulous work I see in some of the other build logs. But aside from skill issues, I like to blame any faults on my desire to keep this as a tinkering model to bring out now and again when I need a break from another project.

I'll begin here with a photo recap of the project. Again, this began around January of 2012 (I think that's when I got the kit – it's all kind of a blur now...).

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As you can see, I had a little trouble with the bending of the basswood at the bow, particularly dealing with the third plank up from the garboard. I also had enough trouble with the edge bending that the planks weren't all laying flat. So, I sanded to compensate. As a result, there's some REALLY THIN planking there. In a later photo, you might see the light shining through it.

However, I did manage not to sand all the way through and the planks look pretty even.

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:13 am

Here are the photos from my second installment of the build, following up the planking with trimming the framing.

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Now we jump ahead a little because I didn't take any photos of the process of painting and applying the friezes.

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As with others, I found the printed friezes in the kit didn't fit my model. Chuck was nice enough to provide reduced size friezes, but I found that even then they were still too big. But, with the files that Chuck provided, I could simply reduce them myself to get something that would fit nicely. In my case, I reduced the art to 95% and it fit great.

The next problem I encountered with the art was that my printer wasn't producing something that I found satisfactory. It's a good printer, a Canon 780, but adjusting the color just didn't work well enough to suit me. I also tried different kinds of paper, but still not happy. Finally, I remembered I had some Testors brand decal paper and I tried that. Worked like a charm and I was very happy with the results. The color looks good, though different from the original art, and the decals are nice and thin.

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:36 am

With this installment, I'm about up to where I was on my other build log. I've done some work since then, but I'll leave it for another time to update the log here.

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As you can see in these photos, I've added the floorboards, risers, platforms and stern seats. I used Chuck's technique for scribing the moldings and was really happy with how they turned out. The wood is all treated with a 50/50 mix of Golden Oak and Natural stains. The paint was my own mix of acrylics. I know the brighter red is more authentic, so I chalk up the darker color mix to artistic license.

In the fourth photo, if you look carefully, you can see the light shining through the thin planking above the waterline.

Finally, I did start the metal work here, shaping the kit provided brass and using the "Brass Black" solution that Bluejacket sells. I find that I get better results using their product than with A-West's "Blacken-It" product. Anyway, the blackened brass was then given a clear coat and glued into place.

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:14 pm

I have to say, I originally thought the kit was just okay. But, over the course of working on it, and yes I took the long slow route, I've really come to love the way this model looks. You know, I'm tempted to do another one. If I did, at minimum, I'd try adding nails at the frames or at least simulate it. Of course, I'd better finish this one... and maybe some of those other projects that are just sitting around waiting for attention.

Here's one more photo taken at the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures in San Jose, CA a couple weekends ago. The South Bay Model Shipwrights club was given 1/2 a table to set up a display, so I brought my Mary Taylor model and this "in-progress" model. I'd made a simple base and stand for it in time for the show. I think that little bit of work on it made me realize I need to get it done.

Here's the longboat displayed next to a couple 1:350 models done by Patrick Moloney, one of the other members of the group.

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And, the in-progress longboat up close. I made the base from a piece of cherry wood I had. I seldom use the router table I bought a couple years ago, so it was nice to have a quick job to do here.

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The posts are actually brass tubing over a thinner brass rod. The inner rod actually stops about 1/2" from the top of the tubing and small brass rods were fit into the keel of the longboat that fit snugly into the tubes. Works well and allows me to remove the model to work on it. I have other models where there is a fixed rod that fits into holes in the keel, but it is too easy to miss the holes when mounting the hull. The result is small dings to the keel or hull. This way, the model keeps clear of the stand until the ends of the fixed rods in the keel are fit into the tubing of the stands.

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby GaryM » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:39 pm

Looking pretty nice, especially with having to modify the decals like items.
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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby probablynot » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:04 pm

A very nice build, Clare. Planking to be proud of, and a well-finished article.
What did you use for (or, how did you create) the caulking? Looks very realistic.
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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:48 pm

Thanks Brian and Gary,

I think I mentioned that when I first started working on it, I wasn't really thrilled with working with basswood. 1/32" thick planking is sometimes a pain to work with. However, once everything started coming together, I started really liking the model and now I'm very happy with it. It's not perfect, particularly the painting of the hull – the waterline is a bit rough.

Brian, I didn't do anything special for the caulking, it's just #2 pencil rubbed along the edge. At this scale and on a model this small it stands out pretty well it seems.

I'm almost tempted to do another one, but I have a stack of projects waiting in line after I'm done here. Gotta get back to the Independence... and the Saginaw... and the Yacht America...

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:45 pm

I'm determined to finish this model up in the next week or so. During the week, I finished the gudgeons and pintles, and finished making the windlass and handles. Yesterday, I added the thole pins.

The windlass is made from square stock basswood. I considered making this from boxwood but the basswood worked well enough. The hardest part was creating the holes for the handles. I drilled, poked with a pointy #11 X-Acto knife and got them about the right size. Finally, I just pushed the handle into each hole. The square section of the handle kind of evened out the square opening. It's not perfect, but I think it's about the best I'm going to do, at least this time.

The thole pins were kind of interesting. I'm not much of a jig maker, but this time, I ended up taking a piece of brass and making a drill pattern so that all the thole pins are spaced a consistent distance apart.

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Last thing on the rudder were the decorations. Again, mine were printed on decal paper. I realized at some point that I had used clear decal paper instead of white decal paper. The problem with this was that if the decals are placed directly on wood, the color are very subdued. This wasn't a problem with the friezes at the gunwales as I had already painted these areas white. For the rudder, I found that I had to paint white ovals where the decals were to be located. After these dried, I added the decals, which looked fine.

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For the handles for the rudder and the windlass, I gave up trying to make a decent looking set out of basswood. Instead, I just took some boxwood strips and made these. They are the only use of wood on the model that is not basswood.


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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby catopower » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:49 pm

It always seems as if I'll be finished up in another week, but then the week hits and there still seems to be even more to do that before. Ship modeling is sure complicated! :D

Well, I did manage to finish making the spars for the longboat. The bowsprit irons were kind of interesting to do. The big coil of very narrow flat brass strip is really nice and my silver soldering actually went really well, one might say it went swimmingly! I was really surprised and very happy at how it went. I'd tried a few different soldering irons and a micro torch and nothing worked, but then I tried out a heavy duty model I bought at Hobbytown USA and I had absolutely no problems with the soldering. I was rather surprised. Since then, I made the deadeye strops by soldering and that worked great too, so all seems to be well.

I made the mast, gaff and boom and all worked well. But, in adding the bands to the pole at the mast top I managed to snap the mast right at the lower sheave. I managed to repair it, but I'm being extra careful because it seems a bit weak. But I haven't had any problems with it yet.

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Now, the shrouds are in place and I'm about to add the backstays. I'd actually already done this once, but managed to pull it loose, so I have to do it again. Once that's done, I'll add the backstay purchases and then I should be able to step the mast.

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I'm getting pretty close now and other projects are starting to breath down my neck!

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Re: 18th Century English Longboat - Model Shipways 1:48 Scal

Postby fragle123 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:17 am

What a lovely piece of work very nice indeed
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