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May 14, 2009, 09:04 PM
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Rigging the Cable System


Setting up the cables began with turning 4 pulleys from teflon dowel. Then wire axles and keepers were set in a basswood bracket which was then aligned and glued into the hull.

From there the cables were run in and crimped using a spring on one side to maintain possitive tension in the system.

At this point, the rudder system is working great, so now it looks like the next step is to work up the deck.

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May 14, 2009, 09:06 PM
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Very clever how you rigged the steering system!!
May 18, 2009, 08:18 PM
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Kmot, Thanks, this is just one of those times when you have to step out of the norm and just do things different. The good news is that the plan worked out real well with very little tweaking.

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May 26, 2009, 12:47 PM
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Fitting the Deck


A paper template was made up to fit hlaf the deck, then transfered to 2 MM Sintra. The parts were cut out, trimmed for a good fit, then the slot was cut for the rudder tiller arm. Once the deck parts fit properly, the two halves were glued in place.
May 26, 2009, 12:49 PM
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Sealing the Deck


With the deck in place, the hatch combing was built up, then the edge was filled with a slurry of epoxy and micro balloons.
May 26, 2009, 12:52 PM
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Adding the Splash Rails


The seam between the deck halves was filled with Bondo, then paper patterns were made up and the splash rails cut from 1/32 ply and glued in place. Again, a mix of epoxy and micro balloons was used to level things up and fill the gaps btween the deck and the splash rail.
May 26, 2009, 12:56 PM
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Smoothing Up the Hull


With the splash rails on and stained, they were masked to keep the putty off the wood and the entire hull was squeegeed with a thin coat of glazing putty to fill the cloth weave and any flaws that will show up under the primer.
May 26, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Down to the Smaller Stuff


While the putty was drying, the rudder was given a coat of spar varnish - one of many -- and the forward hatch was built up. From here, it's back to a bit of grunt work prepping the hull for prime.

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Jun 12, 2009, 09:50 AM
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Finishing up the Hull Prep for Painting


The putty on the hull was wet sanded and a heavy coat of primer sprayed on. The primer shows all the flaws which were repaired, then a final coat of primer applied.
Jun 12, 2009, 09:53 AM
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Painting the Hull


The deck was sprayed a shade of egg shell white, which is real close to the color on the full scale boat. The hull was then turned over and sprayed with Dupli-Color red oxide aerosol primer which is also very close to the full scale color.
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Jun 12, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Spraying the Last of the Hull Color


The deck and bottom were masked and the tan color sprayed using X-O Rust oil based enamel. It's available from Ace Hardware in pints, quarts, or aerosol, and if thinned to spray with hardware store (cheap) lacquer thinner flashes off quickly, yet still covers and smooths out nicely. Drying time is a bit slow and needs 24 hours to firm up, but when dry makes a nice water tight color coat.

From here it's up to the decks to start the really fun part.

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Jun 22, 2009, 09:27 PM
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getting Down to the Details


The cockpit well railings were made up from a 1/16 balsa core with 1/16 X 3/16 balsa planks on both sides. Once all the vertical planks were in place, the 1/8 X 3/16 balsa cap rail was glued in place.
Jun 22, 2009, 09:33 PM
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A Little Stain Here and There


The access hatches were built up and stained, then the upper cabin sidewalls and cockpit railings were stained and all of it given 2 coats of oil base spar varnish. Two more coats of varnish should seal things up nicely, then it'll be time for the color coats.

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Jun 22, 2009, 09:42 PM
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Looking great, Pat!
Jun 22, 2009, 09:47 PM
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Aero, Thanks much. This really has been a fun project so far, and since only the hull was drawn up, the top side has been pretty much a "mid-air" design with the details worked out on the fly. I really enjoy working like that, but lots of pictures are required so later I'll know how things were done -- just in case there's a second model somewhere along the way.

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