US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

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US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by jct » Tue May 12, 2015 3:25 am

Hello everyone,

This will be my second build log here on SOS...the US Brig Niagara, a Model Shipways kit. I acquired the kit awhile back and had it in the queue. I was waiting until I could visit the real vessel in Erie and do some research and get some photos of the real deal.

As in my other log I plan to post all here the good and the bad, the successes and failures, highs and lows. So without further adieu, welcome to my Niagara build.

I started by laying out the rabbit on the false keel by measuring it off the plans with a small compass and transferring the 1/16in dimension to the f-keel. As the plywood supplied was relatively soft instead carving the rabbit I decided to use files and sanders and sand it in. This went very quickly and worked well.

Next came sanding and fitting the bulkheads until they fit the f-keel without being forced, once completed they were fitted taking note of which ones extended into the rabbit, glad I tested these, there are a few that will need to be fine tuned.

At this point I started looking at the sheets that contained all the parts for the ships boats, they are to be built up in lifts using the 'bread and butter' technique, Having never built in this manner before I decided to set the main hull aside and work on the little boats. The parts separated from their carrier frames nicely and the glue up was uneventful, what followed was a lot of sanding, filling, sanding, filling, priming filling and more sanding. If I were doing it again I'd leave the bottom off as i think it would make shaping the insides easier. Still a ways to go on these little guys.

Well that's all for now, sorry for being so long winded, pics follow
THX
J
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by Donnie » Wed May 13, 2015 8:38 pm

Very nice introductory write up. Now I will get an SOS email notification and can watch this one come to life !

Donnie
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by jct » Thu May 14, 2015 3:31 am

Thx Donnie...I hope to have another update soon
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USS Niagara
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by jct » Fri May 15, 2015 6:11 am

Hello again,

Well as I said in my first entry this log will contain the good, bad and the ugly...having all but completed the outside shaping of the ships boats I turned my attention to the inside. To speed things up I decided to us a ball mill in my drumel...which worked very well till I got a little to aggressive and blew right through the side in two spots. After calling myself endless expletives I pondered what to do...Model shipways has an excellent customer service so I could get a new launch...I could display the finished ship with only two boats...I could beat up the rest of the model and claim battle damage...or I could fix the holes!

Fix the holes it is...some of you that have modeled in plastic are probably familiar with Squadron green and white putties, they are solvent based and have a very fine texture and work on just about anything. They say white stuff is a bit finer but other then the color I've never seen a difference, both dry fast and sand very well and are easy to obtain a feather edge, you can also thin them with acetone.

That's the product I choose to make the repair . I first backed the hole with green tape and then layered in the putty, once dry the inside got the same treatment. 24 hours to dry and then the sanding began again. Pics follow
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by Donnie » Fri May 15, 2015 4:49 pm

Ball Mill ? must be metal ? What about the plain grinder, some of which have a cone shape on the end. What I have found is that the smaller the grinder attachment, the more apt for something to go wrong as that tip will just go right on in thru. I have used a much larger grinder as it has more surface area, gentler and seem to have more control to keep from a smaller type of tip from poking holes as you apply pressure - Just MHO. :)
On a much positive note, the repair is done and looks very good. It will not show as I assume that these ships boats will be painted like a white or something similar.
If I remember, I had a task building my ships boats as well on my Trinidad. They were built up B & B style too. Gets tricky I have to admit.

Donnie
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by jct » Sat May 16, 2015 5:44 am

Hi Donnie good advice that...yes the boats will be painted, what color I'm not yet sure...I'm leaning towards dark green with buff trimmings but time will tell, thx for your input
J
Current build -
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Agilis, Steingraeber
HMB Endeavour, Corel
Harriot Lane, Model Shipways
Semi complete-
USS Niagara
Completed builds-
Half Moon, Corel
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Re: US Brig Niagara-Model Shipways-1/64th-by JcT

Post by jct » Wed May 27, 2015 5:16 pm

Hi all,
Another Niagara update...I decided to move back to the main hull by completing the bearding line and mounting the bulkheads. I'll be jumping back and forth between the main build and the ships launches.
I began the bearding line by laying the plans over the false keel and marking the line with the sharp point of a compass. The head scratching began with the port side line, as the plans only show the stbd side...so using a pair of clamping tweezers I transferred the marks from the stbd side to the port...then just connected the dots, worked pretty well.
The bearding in was then carved and sanded to the correct taper.
The bulkheads in my kit all seemed to have a defined cant to them so to square things as they were glued I'm using a couple Lego's and clamps on each one. Pics follow.
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20- Bearding line form plans.JPG
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21-transferimg the marks.JPG
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22-cont.JPG
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23-all marks transfered.JPG
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24-bearding line carved and sanded.JPG
24-bearding line carved and sanded.JPG (79.6 KiB) Viewed 1574 times
25-mounting and squaring the bulkheads.JPG
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Current build -
In the queue -
Agilis, Steingraeber
HMB Endeavour, Corel
Harriot Lane, Model Shipways
Semi complete-
USS Niagara
Completed builds-
Half Moon, Corel
USN Picket Boat #1

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