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Dec 15, 2015, 12:30 PM
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Getting the Paint Work Started


The hull was base coated in white with a red bottom. All of the main deck houses were painted white with the windows and details added to the deck structures in preparation for the major sub-assembly.
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Dec 15, 2015, 12:54 PM
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Prepping the Decks for Assembly


The 3 decks are stack drilled for the stanchions to insure that all of the holes will properly align. The decks are stacked up and taped together, then the laser cut hand rails are used to locate and drill the 34 holes for the stanchions. I drilled the decks before the paint work was done, then after the parts were painted the holes were cleaned out to eliminate any possibility of the stanchions fitting poorly or binding during the major assembly process.

Once the holes were drilled and the paint work done, the deck houses were aligned and glue in place on each individual deck.
Dec 15, 2015, 12:58 PM
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Building up the Stanchions


The basic stanchions are made up from brass eyelets and wood dowel. Rather then measuring all 34 dowels to locate the eyelet a jug was made up and each of the stanchions marked up. The eyelets were then glued in place and the dowels stained rather then painted as called out in the instructions.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:07 PM
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Fitting the 3 Decks


The top of the hull was protected with waxed paper and the main deck clamped in place. There's a curvature to the hull, so the decks will be assembled in place to maintain the curvature after the assembly process is completed. Then after one last look, the stanchions were slipped into the promenade deck and the entire stack aligned, the stanchions fitted into their individual pre-drilled hols and tack glued in place. The decks were also glued to their respective deck houses using white glue so there would be sufficient time to get things lined up before the glue got too tacky. At the front where the decks were unsupported a jig was used to maintain proper spacing.

The whole process of getting the decks in place and all of the stanchions fitted into their respective holes turned out to be a good bit less complicated then I would have guessed going in. The main thing is to simply take the time to work each stanchion into the holes while maintaining a good alignment. Bottom line -- it's a lot easier then it looks.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:15 PM
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Adding the Pilot House Deck


Now that the main and Promenade decks are in place it's time to set up the stanchions for the addition of the pilot house deck. Brass eyelets are placed on each stanchion, and again, rather then measuring each stanchion, a gauge was made to properly space the eyelets above the deck. There's a dimension given for the height of the eyelets, but the best way to space them is to measure the height of the deck houses and set the eyelets to that height -- just in case the deck houses didn't come out to exactly 2" tall. Then with the deck in place weights were added to keep things nice and steady while the glue dried.

BTW, don't forget to slip the hand rails in place before the decks are added. If you miss that step you won't be able to install the railings after the decks are glued in place.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:19 PM
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Trimming the Stanchions


After the glue has dried the pilot deck hand rail is aligned and glued in place. Once that has dried thoroughly, the tops of all the stanchions are cut off flush with the deck. For that little task I used a toenail clipper to cut them, then placed a small drop of thin Cya on each dowel and sanded them flush with the deck. A bit of spot glaze putty was applied and sanded to flush it all up.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:22 PM
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Adding the Pilot Deck Netting


The netting was cut to width using a steel straight edge and a hobby knife. The netting was test fitted and trimmed as needed and then glued in place.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:25 PM
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Adding the Bulwarks


The bulwarks are cut from sheet plastic using the provided patterns. They're glued in place on the main deck , then the handrails are secured to the stanchions flush with the top of the bulwark.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:50 PM
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Adding the Netting Around the Promenade Deck


Before the netting is glued in place, the hand rails are secured to the stanchions using the jigs provided in the kit to set up the proper height. The netting is cut and glued in place followed by the styrene strip edging.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:53 PM
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Building the Smoke Stack


The smoke stack is built up per the instructions and painted. The holes are then drilled in the deck for the rigging using the provided template. With the holes drilled and the eyelets in place, the stack is glued to the deck and the rigging tied off.
Dec 15, 2015, 01:58 PM
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Getting Down to the Details


From here it's a lot of little things that require a bit of trimming and painting. The mooring cleats and gates were prepped and painted and glued in place followed by the gates.
Dec 15, 2015, 02:00 PM
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Fitting Out the Pilot Deck


The skylight and pilot house assemblies were aligned and glued in place.
Dec 15, 2015, 02:03 PM
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Building the Lifeboats


The lifeboats were built up per the instructions and painted. Once dry, the assemblies were glued in place on the Pilot Deck and the rigging added. And with that, the pilot deck is pretty well finished.
Dec 15, 2015, 02:07 PM
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Building the Masts


The masts are built up from wood dowel per the instructions. The taper was sanded into the masts by chucking the dowel into the lathe and using a sanding stick to trim them to shape. Then once the assemblies were done they were glued in place and the flags rigged.

The flags are self adhesive paper, cut from the carrier sheets and fitted onto the mast rigging.
Dec 15, 2015, 02:13 PM
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Setting Up the Running Gear


With the top side pretty well done, the next step was to fit the running hardware and get things running. The prop shaft was installed and the U-Joint set up, The rudder was connected with the push rod using an EZ-Connector to keep the adjustment simple. Then once the boat is finished the Rx will go in and get it all set up and ready for ballast. The best part of the design overall is the incredibly easy access to the inside. The whole upper deck assembly is removable making access to the equipment and adding ballast aas easy as anything I've seen so far.

It also lends itself well to building a second deck of some sort a real possibility -- but I won't go into that just yet


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