75mm Lifeboat-Master Korabel

Aginvicta

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I have continued with the planking working my way down towards the Keel. I have taken my time with this, fitting one plank a day, trying to make sure each plank fitted up tight to the one above. I hit a problem about half way through with the C.A. glue, it must have started to "go off" because it would not stick the planks to the Frames, it would stick the planks to my fingers though. I have noticed this before, when you want something to stick it won't, when you don't it will stick. In the process of planking I also managed to break the tops off of a couple of Ribs and one frame, but they can all be repaired. I was so busy trying to get the planks in place before the glue set that I didn't pay attention to where I was holding the boat.
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Master Korabel give you 2 each of the last plank next to the Keel, one is wider to allow for any variations in the planking. The gap that I had was narrower than either of the 2 planks so I had to gradually adjust a plank to fit, at least I had a spare one in case of any problems. I just need to rub the Hull down now before I remove the frame supports on the inside. There are a few small gaps between a couple of planks, that's the trouble with using Macro Mode on my phone camera, but if you hold the boat at arm's length you can't see any gaps, and in hot weather "all the boards did shrink" see Rime Of The Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Cheers Andy
 

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I am really astonished on the correct fitting of these laser cut-planks
- and it is very positive, that Master Korabel is adding two different sizes of the last plank -> They are really thinking about the needs of the modeler!
And you are making a very good job with this small boat! Many Thanks for sharing
 

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Danke Uwe, I am really impressed by the quality of this kit.
I gave the planking a rub down with a sanding sponge and once I had got a smooth finish I gave the Hull a coat of Danish Oil. The top plank (Gunnel) was soaked in warm water and then fitted. I started at the Bow where it fits into a slot in the Stem and glued it in place a couple of ribs at a time.

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I left the Lifeboat for a couple of days to let the glue and oil fully harden and then started to remove the inner support core. Starting with the Bow area I carefully cut away the Bulkheads by cutting the Ribs just above the Gunnels.


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I then cut the remaining Ribs and with help of a Bulldog clip and a pair of tweezers I carefully eased the centre core out.

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The remaining Bulkheads were then cut down to the marks on them and removed.

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I just need to clean up the inside of the Hull and then fit the remaining Ribs. I am going to fill the gaps in the planking from the inside, they are not as bad as they look in the pictures where it looks like you could drive a double decker bus through them,

Cheers Andy
 

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I spent a few days thinking how to fill the gaps in the planking. I decided not to use sawdust and glue as this sounded a bit messy, so I cut part of a plank into thin strips and then rubbed it across a needle file until I had smoothed it down enough for it to fit the gaps. I then fixed it in place from the inside using diluted PVA. The outside was then smoothed down and another coat of Danish Oil was applied. I have spent the last week fitting the remaining Ribs, I soaked a few of the wood strips in water and then using C.A. glue I fitted 3 or 4 Ribs every morning before I headed off to work, and then trimmed them down that evening. I have left then slightly over length to help with the later fitting of the inner Gunnel plank.
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The lower Floorboards are in 2 pieces, they were cut out and then fitted using C.A. gel.


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The 2 side planks were then fitted to the rear of the inner Hull and then the rear Footboards.

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The plank that covers the joins on the lower Footboards was next, after I took the picture I realised I had fitted it the wrong way round but fortunately I was able to remove it without any damage being done and it is now fitted the correct way.

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I have also made a start on the 10 Oars, each Oar needs a piece of wood glueing to the Handle either side which then needs to be shaped to create a round Handle. I have glued all the extra pieces on using wood glue and they will be left alone for a few days before I attempt to shape them.

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And before anyone asks I have absolutely no idea how I am going to shape the Handles, I'm hoping I'll wake up one morning and find that they are fully shaped,

Cheers Andy
 

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And before anyone asks I have absolutely no idea how I am going to shape the Handles, I'm hoping I'll wake up one morning and find that they are fully shaped,
There should not be much of a problem. Glue the handles to both sides, dry, then rotate a piece of fine sand paper around a finger and carefully go with sanding of the sharp corners.
Do not forget to press the detail against something hard in order not to break it.
 

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There should not be much of a problem. Glue the handles to both sides, dry, then rotate a piece of fine sand paper around a finger and carefully go with sanding of the sharp corners.
Do not forget to press the detail against something hard in order not to break it.
Thanks for the advice, the main problem is that the shaft is very thin and it's being able to hold the Oar without it breaking and do 10 of them. As you say I need to be careful.

Thanks again, Andy
 

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Many Thanks for showing - It is looking very good (your work and also the kit)
Especially if we see the size of these small elements - especially if we compare with your gripper in one of your photos. :cool:
 

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Thanks for all the "likes" and comments.
The next stage of the build is to fit the "Seats," firstly the set of Seats at the rear of the boat. These are in one piece and need an additional piece fitted underneath before the whole thing is glued in place. The grating at the front then has a cross piece fitted and a support, before this was fitted ensuring the seat support fitted into the small hole on the inside lower fore/aft strip.


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The other 3 Seats need to have a piece glued to the underneath and then a support piece fitted. Once these were dry the Seats were then glued again ensuring they all lined up correctly.


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The inner Gunwales are next, they were soaked overnight in water and then carefully eased into place. Such is the quality of the design and manufacture of this kit that they both fitted without the need for any adjustment despite my repeated attempts to make a mess of the construction. I used C.A. glue to fix the Gunwales in several places and then put diluted PVA between the inner and outer Gunwales alongside each Rib. I'll leave this for a few days before I trim down the Ribs ready to fit the top rail.

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Inbetween all of this I have managed to work on one of the Oars. Using a small needle file I filed the corners of the Handle so I had 8 sides and then I rolled the Handle on a sanding sponge using my finger until the corners were fairly smooth. Close up it's not brilliant but if you stare a bright light for a couple of minutes and then look at the Oar it's fine :cool:

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Cheers Andy
 
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