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PostSubject: Will Everard   Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:39 pm

As reported in the Guardsman thread, I have come up against a problem with its ballast and so put it back on the shelf for a while - which means that I can start this new model.
This will be built as a static model - as it is designed I believe - and is being built because my wife asked me to! Its a Billings kit Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad, so I expect problems!
The kit was bought cheaply on ebay, and I suspect had been stored for a long time. The wood quality is not great, and the die cutting worse, however the half keel has been released and pinned to some 1/2" ply. The kit includes a building board, but it was not strong enough to lie flat after the warped keel was pinned to it bounce



The next job is to fit the half deck, then planking can start. The bottom is sheeted so not quite as much planking as it seems. 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:30 pm

I once made a model of a sand barge for the guy who owned Will Everard. He had spent a fortune converting her into a home for him and his wife. It had 10,000 paving slabs under the floor to ballast it!  It had a huge 295 HP Gardner diesel engine fitted, which had an Austin 7 engine to start it, which it did very successfully in my presence.

Trouble was, after he finished it and went to put his nice Maldon house up for sale, his wife admitted that she actually hated boats and only went along with it while it was his business. Once he retired she wanted her house still. Last I heard, the Will was in Catherine's poncy boat pond in London.
What happened to Mr. Hobbins of Civil and Marine Ltd. I have no idea.

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:53 pm

Oh dear - why Oh why did I agree to build another Billings kit bounce bounce bounce

This is how well(!!) the deck fits

 

If I sand down the bulkheads to the line of the deck then there will be nothing to support the bulwarks bounce If I fit the deck into the line of the bulkheads, there will be a gap in the middle of the deck Shocked Shocked

However, I suppose it will all come out in the end - a big tin of P38 is on the wish list lol!

Here is the current state. One plank and the bottom piece fixed (I hope).I plan to fill in at the bows with some carved balsa rather than try to get the brittle strip wood to stick.



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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:51 pm

 

Side one planking completed and roughly sanded. Its ready for some filler now. Embarassed Shocked Shocked I started off using Aliphatic but soon switched to CA, so now my fingers are covered in the stuff Sad The only way I have found to remove it is sandpaper lol!

I found out why the deck didn't fit - the keel must not nave been flat to the board, although I did check several times. There are a couple of pins inside as I couldn't release them before closing the planking - good job its a static model lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:21 pm

I find the best way to rid my finger of superglue, which I use to harden wood grain on fine stuff, is to plunge in warm or hot soapy water and lightly scrape with the edge of the vegetable knife. It comes off as a slurry and is easily washed off.  
Having put 1.5mm square mahogany all round the roof panels of my Crash Tender to represent the half round overhang, my middle finger could double as a drum stick in a rock band, it's so caked with the stuff, but this method rids it all very quickly.

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:31 pm

Super glue and fingers are always fun I tend to go hardcore and either peel it off, run my finger on some 60 grit in other cases I’ve enjoyed taking a stanly blade and scraping it off.

Looks good so far bud enjoying the build 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:34 am

Fingers now clear lol! lol!



Side 1 sanded, filled, sanded and filled again waiting for final sand. Side 2 almost ready for planking. I used CA glue this time which speeded up fitting the frames,the deck is glued with Aliphatic. I am pretty sure there will not be the same gap as side 1, as I removed the assembly from the building board to check for fit Rolling Eyes. Of course, this may have introduced a twist Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:21 pm

Not much done over the weekend as it was too hot, and I ran out of CA glue Rolling Eyes New supplies arrived today, and it was a little cooler in the workshop an hour ago, so I got the planking started. I need to wait now for the bottom piece to set hard - I used aliphatic for this - rather than CA. I think this side is going a little better than the first, still having problems with the strips though. They are very brittle even after soaking in hot water, and it is very tough getting the pins through.
I didn't leave any pins inside this time 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:35 pm



Side 2 planking finished. Now for sanding and filling. I managed to remove the pins from side 1 by cutting holes in the'keel'. It wont show as the two halves are stuck together lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:46 pm



Second side now filled and sanded - almost, just a few final bits to finish. My hands kept locking so had to stop Rolling Eyes I have started fixing the cappings on side one. I tried fitting the two halves together, and its not good. Shocked Quite a gap at deck level, and at the keel. I have been sanding to improve the fit. but still more to go I think. Not sure why this happened. I couldn't have kept the keels flatter as there were very few places to pin them down once all the planking was done. Oh well, more filler I guess Shocked Shocked Shocked
Next job is to finish the cappings then fit the rubbing strips before sticking them together as I figure that will be easier. 

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:54 pm

Its been too hot to do any modelling, but I did manage an hour or so this morning. The gunwale cappings have been fitted and the two halves stuck together. In the heat I forgot I was going to fitt the rubbing strips first Shocked Shocked Embarassed

There is a gap at deck and keel level, but these will be filled. I have filled in the gap between deck and gunwale as best I can. 

 

More when it cools down lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:33 am

It’s really coming along nicely now bud 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:26 am

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:10 pm



Somewhat cooler weather yesterday and today, so a little more progress. The rubbing strakes have been fitted. Since I took the photos I have given the hull one coat of sanding sealer ready for a primer coat to show me all the problems Rolling Eyes Embarassed
I have decided to fit an overlay on the deck using some 0.8mm ply. This will cover the gap in the middle and some of the filler. Before I do this I need to paint the inside of the bulwarks, so that could be the next job. I recently ordered all the missing fittings from Cornwall Model Boats - luckily I had the Billings Part numbers so this was fairly easy.

I have made some uncomplimentary remarks about this kit Shocked I should make it clear this is an early version using die cut timber. The latest version I believe uses laser cutting, and the bulkheads have locating slots in the keel. Hopefully, the laser cutting will have demanded better quality ply at least Exclamation Exclamation I found this when I downloaded the instructions from the web as my copy is less than clear.

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:42 am

This is a great looking hull, for an old kit you have made a grand job of it so far!

Really enjoying this build bud keep up the great work!

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:07 pm

Progress is very slow Embarassed Many interruptions for updating computers, fixing punctures, hospital visits, shopping and a lack of motivation in this heat. We keep being promised thunder, but it never gets to us Crying or Very sad
So, no painting done yet, but I have been assembling some of the superstructure.



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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Yesterday at 1:22 pm



More work on the superstructure.  I'm left with a slight dilemma Rolling Eyes. The drawings show skylights on top of the two main structures, but the method of construction shown is to build a square of strip wood and stick a piece of acetate on the top Shocked That doesn't seem very neat to me - also no mention of cutting a hole in the roofs. I'm still deciding what to do.

One problem has been resolved. As you can see there is very little of the deck join visible when all the bits and pieces are added - and there is more machinery still to go on.  Also I have found out the "planked" sections are painted pale blue, so the filler will not be as obvious. So, I have filled in the gap and levelled the two halves.

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PostSubject: Re: Will Everard   Yesterday at 8:00 pm

As a suggestion as well as a deviation from the plan it may be worth considering adding port holes instead of a squared window, to start with it’s not “an afterthought” by the plan designers and honestly a set of port holes would be more attractive as well as being more realistic given many boats of that period with similar hatch designs had port holes rather than window hatches.

Just my 2 cents.

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