Barque Stefano a MarisStella kit - by Don Robinson

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Thanks Lawrence, I finally have an update for you and anyone else who is watching. It has been a busy summer and I finally got Stefano back on the bench this past week.

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My goal this week was to install pieces 40(side stringer), 41(top gallant bulwark), 42(top gallant rail) and 43(pin rails)

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First up was bending pieces 40 and 41 to shape. The side stringer(40) is made from 1.5 x 4 mm walnut strips and the top gallant bulwark is made from 1.5 x 5 mm walnut. The little indents you see on the strip are from the iron and are easily sanded out.

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Clamping the side stringer into place, pva glue was used

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Side stringers installed and sanded. Note here is that there should have been a slight overhang, but for some reason I sanded flush

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Here the top gallant has been installed and both pieces given several coats of thinned acrylic paint.

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It should be noted the top gallant bulwark was painted before being installed

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Masking off the top gallant bulwark and painting the rail

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Job completed and masking tape removed
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Here is how it looks as of this morning. I failed in my goal by not getting the pin rails in, they are up next.
Thanks for stopping by and Take Care.

Don
 

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Thanks Lawrence, I finally have an update for you and anyone else who is watching. It has been a busy summer and I finally got Stefano back on the bench this past week.

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My goal this week was to install pieces 40(side stringer), 41(top gallant bulwark), 42(top gallant rail) and 43(pin rails)

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First up was bending pieces 40 and 41 to shape. The side stringer(40) is made from 1.5 x 4 mm walnut strips and the top gallant bulwark is made from 1.5 x 5 mm walnut. The little indents you see on the strip are from the iron and are easily sanded out.

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Clamping the side stringer into place, pva glue was used

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Side stringers installed and sanded. Note here is that there should have been a slight overhang, but for some reason I sanded flush

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Here the top gallant has been installed and both pieces given several coats of thinned acrylic paint.

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It should be noted the top gallant bulwark was painted before being installed

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Masking off the top gallant bulwark and painting the rail

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Job completed and masking tape removed
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Here is how it looks as of this morning. I failed in my goal by not getting the pin rails in, they are up next.
Thanks for stopping by and Take Care.

Don
Hallo Don,
Great that you restarted the work on the Stefano....she is looking great.....
 
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DonRobinson

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Thanks to all for stopping in and for your likes and comments. I have a little progress to report, I was hoping to have more completed by now but I thought it was time for an update so here we go;
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First up was drilling out the holes on the pin rails. They were already pre-drilled but were just a little too snug for my liking, so I thought drilling off the model would be easier and safer. I am using the Sherline mill will the sensitive drilling attachment for this task.

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The pin rails installed, I took the easy way out and used ca glue. Very hard to do any clamping here.

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Beginning to strop the deadeyes, the lines will be trimmed later. When doing rigging like this I always put a towel on the bench so things don't bounce when dropped. The floor never got any deadeyes this time!!!:p

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Measuring and drilling hole for the deadeyes. All measurements are taken directly from the plans

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Cutting the chain plates from the photo etch sheet


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I was going to blacken them but in the end I painted as I did not trust my blackening skills and did not want to ruin them. I did wash them in Lacquer thinner followed by a wash in muriatic acid then rinsed in water and repeated this process once more. After drying they were primed with metal primer then painted with matte acrylic paint. The primer was from a spray can which I sprayed a little into a container then brushed on, the acrylic paint was also brushed on.
The finish is quite durable and as there are no sharp bends in the chain plates I don't see any problems with the paint cracking or falling off.

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Using the method described above using muriatic acid and lacquer thinner, I tried blackening some eyebolts and they seemed to work out well. At least it is the best results I have ever had with blackening, next is to get the courage to try it on photo etch!!!:eek::)

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I need to make a hole at the stern for the rudder so thought it would be a good time to make the rudder

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And the finished rudder, still needs to have some char removed in the grooves

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Pin rails and deadeyes installed, at the stern is the rudder opening

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I should have turned the model around for this picture to give a better aspect of the deadeyes arrangements. In the picture I am showing the fore mast and main mast while the plans are showing the mizzen and main mast.
Thanks again for dropping in and I hope you enjoyed
 

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Hello Don
First of all, I and the little guys wish you a Very Happy an Belated Birthday. I tend to get so tied up in my own little Old Ship Yard that I fail to look around the great SOS Form build logs, yours included. I do hope that you had a great day and that you did get the biggest piece of cake, Also that you did get all of the new toys that you had hoped for and just maybe a few more.
Nice to see that you are back building again in your Old Ship Yard, That Barque Stefano kit sure does have a lot of very fine details that I am very impressed with. Just maybe I should look into achieving one of these kits they sure would be a very enjoyable and relaxing build, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence
 
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