Armed Longboat - Model Shipways 1/24

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Hello all, this is my first build log and my first wood model. I've collected a few wood kits over the years but have always worked with plastic, decided to finally take the plunge a couple months ago and get started.

The kit I decided to start with is the Model Shipways Armed Longboat. I'm currently about half way through the build, but I wasn't a member until now so here we go.

So far it doesn't look bad, but had a decent amount of trouble planking the hull. I think it got better as it went, I started with the top 4, then the keep 4,then the middle 6. I was still trying out new techniques with each set so some parts of the hull looks better than others.

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All the wood has been conditioned and stained with natural wood color. The kit is supposed to be painted yellow ochre, but I think that's an ugly color so I haven't committed to painting yet, even if painting it would hide a number of my mistakes.

About to add in the thwart risers, the wood is soaking and about ready to be bent. A couple photos are attached of where I am.


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Thanks, @Uwek & @BigMike the planking got better and it wasn't too terrible to sand down at the end, there were gaps that needed filling though.

@Maarten I probably should have started with a solid haul ship but I did a lot of reading that this kit was pretty good for novices, and I wanted a little more of a challenge.

In the meantime I've installed the seats and bits for the mast. Really happy with this area, everything lined up nicely and is spaced evenly.

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Everything came out pretty level across the seating, I did notice after everything dried that the seats on side are a tad higher than the other but I think that was due to haul construction since all the measurements are accurate. you can't really tell unless you look hard so I'm not that worried about, just a little disappointed since I started my haul at the top to try and avoid this issue. I had two full length strips so the inside rail supports for the seats are one piece and not broken up like in the instructions.

I've started on the seat supports, there's 7 to be done. I don't have a lathe, but im trying to figure out a way to do all of them other than by hand.

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The seat across from the mast holder looks like it's at an angle, but again all measurements are correct so either the photo is at a weird angle or the bulkhead isn't square.

After finishing the supports the next thing to do will be the top rail which I have to trace out and cut, haven't figured out how to do that yet.
 
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So I finished turning all of the supports for the chairs, I can see where it would have been really nice to spin them on a lathe and do some cool designs, but mine are rounded and stained so that will have to do.

I decided that like my risers, I wanted my top rail to be one solid strip opposed to two cut up pieces for each side as in the instructions so I went and picked a board from the local art supply and did the work. It required a fair more sanding than I had anticipated and cutting a 3/32 board was more difficult than I thought. But I got it done and installed.

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They aren't done, I had to fill some small gaps between the haul and the rail in a few places before I put down a primer.

While the cap rails dried I skipped ahead to doing the oars. Talk about a pain in the butt. Took me a day of sanding and measuring, and to be honest I'm not even sure they are thin enough yet. But I think they look good currently. I'll probably wait until I finish the Longboat, place them where they're supposed to go and see if they need to be thinned some more before staining/painting.

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Looking ahead the instructions want to have the the area between the cap rails and the bumper rail (which hasn't been installed yet) painted red and then the photo etch will eventually be glued over it. Considering painting it white instead, gluing the photo etch on and painting over everything red, that should allow for the design to show through a crisp white when I remove the etch at the end. Or I could just be asking for a lot of unnecessary trouble.

Anyway, next up is the final set of outer rails and some little fitting in and around the cap rail.
 
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So it turns out I was a little ahead of myself with the outer rail. I had to carve the windlass, which I think turned out pretty well.

So here is the windlass installed as well as the interior hull fittings. The cap rails and hull fittings were primed with Mr. Surfacer and sanded down.

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Here is where I realized just how off the planking is at the top. Because I didn't use a single strip like I did with the cap rail, the plank seems to dip downward to the point where it was cut and then goes back up. This is evident with the fittings, the fittings that go between the cap rail and the seats are nearly flush at the bow and stern but have a gap in center. Unfortunately, something to keep in mind in the future but it's structural and not a lot I could do about it now.

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After carving the windlass and installing everything above I also installed the lifting rings and hinges. The handles for the windlass are also done, but haven't been painted red yet, they also aren't installed because I need to prep the haul for painting.

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I used mr. Surfacer again here. Filled in the gaps nicely, and sanded that down to clean it up. I think the water line is rather even on both sides, at least at the moment.

Next up is fitting the eyebolts and the cannon mounts so that I can paint the cap rails red. Then a nice coat of red on all the primed areas and putting the rub rails in.

I had lost the mast bracket, but Model Shipways got me a replacement in less than 4 days, great customer service as well. If I was actually at the point I thought I was going to be at this weekend (installing the rub rail and mast) then I would have been very happy.
 
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