Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

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Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:11 pm

I've been absent from the site for awhile, there was an issue with a setting in my account that prevented my from posting and relying to posts, Donnie has fixed me up though. I haven't been idle though, work on the Picket has continued so I'm gonna have a lot of catch up posting to do!!

I first must apologize as once I cracked the box, I couldn't contain my enthusiasm and started building right away...so I've no inventory pics. What drew me to this kit was the exposed boiler and steam engine, the kit provides some excellent photo etched detail parts and some white metal castings that I'll photo and index as I add them to the build. The laser cut wood pieces appear to be of the highest quality and those I've worked with have proved to be such.

So without further adieu... Model Shipway's Picket Boat #1.

The first thing to notice is that the kit deck planking is laser etched into the fwd and aft sections, and no planking is supplied for the decks or bulkheads. The kit instructions recommend staining the decks but my kit had some rather prominent grain on the forward piece that would have been way out of scale so I made the call to use some walnut veneer to make planking and apply this where required.

The aft section is to be painted so that is fine as it is, but I wanted wood on the bow and did not want the planking to stand above the trim boards so the center was carefully removed following the laser lines, a new section was made from stiff card which was planked with walnut. All the decks, seats, and exposed bulkheads were covered, the bulkheads may or may not be painted, I haven't made up my mind yet.

The keel was built up following the kit instructions, no modifications here, but when I went to carve the water way at the bow it did not go to well, so this has been filled and will be sanded in later. All the frames that required faring have been marked out my Model Shipways, all one has to do is carve and sand to the lines.

I plan to add some details to the kit so I've opened some of the coal bunkers with the thoughts of showing off the fuel, not sure yet whether this will be purchased or scratch built, leaning toward the latter.

Well that's about all for now, pics follow, thanks for your time and attention.

THX

J
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:12 pm

more pics
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:14 pm

Just a small update...worked on the coal bunkers and the breakwater...decided to find different paint, just not happy with the finish blotchy and streaky, brush strokes...just not working well. Pics follow
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:16 pm

The paint issue has been resolved; I picked up some Tamiya acrylics
and have been reworking all the affected parts.

First each was sanded down to bare wood then the surface was sealed with two coats of
thinned water based urethane, similar to a spit coat with shellac. The grain was then
knocked back using a piece of worn 400 grit I keep for just that purpose.

The original gray was MS light deck gray; this shade looked very light to me. The Tamiya
paint shade out of the bottle is Dark Sea Gray…and it is dark, too dark for my taste, so the
mixing began, slowly lightening I finally hit on a shade I liked and proceeded to re-paint all
the ribs, aft deck and coal bunkers. This were done with a brush…the outer hull will be
airbrushed. Hoping to get to assembly next week

Thanks for your time and interest, Pics follow:
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:18 pm

Hi all,

Pics of the stern deck and seat and the main deck all straightened and in place, work on the coal bunkers continues...
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:20 pm

Hello All,

An update, since I opened up a few of the coal bunker lids to show the fuel, bottoms had to be added. These were made from card stock and painted a dark gray. This way I wont have to fill each compartment.

With open coal bunkers I thought some light weathering would be appropriate, to accomplish this I called on some armor weathering techniques...first the panel lines were darkened with a wash made of thin gray/black. Once the wash was dry charcoal dust was brushed into the surface to simulate coal dust staining. The dust was made by rubbing a soft charcoal pencil over a sanding stick then picked up and applied with a stiff brush. The finished parts were then shot with a coat of flat clear to seal everything.


The "coal" had me scratching my head for a while, I wanted to make it as opposed to buying. Inspiration struck one day on a trip out to the garage. I noticed the edge of the asphalt paving in the ally was broken into small pieces and it is black and lumpy! So after placing a piece in a plastic bag and pulverizing with a hammer...instant 'coal'. I may have to pick out the lighter pieces and add some color, haven't decided yet but I'm happy with the overall look. This materiel will be added to the bunkers later in the build.


Planking has started...
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:22 pm

planking cont
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:24 pm

.just a small update, moved on to adding the upper and lower rub rail and got the cockpit trimmed out. That's it nothing real exciting...pic follow thanks for your time and attention
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:25 pm

Hello again, time for a small update...prepared the mast holders by drilling and installing pins, corresponding holes will be drilled in the bulkhead and ca will do the holding, also prepared and painted the rudder.


The hull received its final coat of primer...3 total, sanding between each, then the top coats were applied with a good quality brush, again 3 sanding between, when dry all was shot with a 2 coats of Tamiya clear.


Since there is no historical record of how the Picket was painted I decided to change mine up a bit by pulling the gray down to the lower rub rail, it's different but I like it. That's it for now, moving on the building the steam plant next...but there are other home projects to catch up on first.

Thanks for looking in
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Re: Picket Boat #1...Model Shpways...by JCT

Postby jct » Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:46 pm

Hello all,
Work has started on the steam engine...the cylinder pieces were built up first, I found the center of the top cap and drilled a small hole to help with the alignment, carpenters glue was used on these parts.

The appropriate size and length aluminum tube was cut by rolling a sharp blade back and forth rolling the tube. Careful here cause they will go flying once they separate from the main tube!! I cut some tubing for alignment jigs as well.

Next the steam valve rods and linkages were constructed...there are two different diameter eccentrics, the goal is to capture the rod between them , the alignment parts were very helpful here.


Most of the parts are going to be painted a gray/green, this is a Tamiya color, I also plan to leave some of the brass unpainted to enhance the look. So as each sub-assembly is completed it is painted accordingly.


The crankshaft assembly was completed according to the plans and then the cylinder stanchions were completed...the plastic hex rods supplied enhance the appearance of these (and other) parts small pieces of this were glued on using ca and tehn the height filed to make them equal


All these parts are being dry fitted for proper alignment and fit as the build up continues. Once all the sub-assembly’s are painted I plan to weather them lightly using a dark wash to accent the recessed areas and then dry brushing, a technique all you old armor builders are probably familiar with. That's all for now, hope to do more next week

As always thanks for your time and attention...pics follow:
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