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Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 01-27-2008, 11:00 AM
Only been a member for one day, and already have found such a wealth of help and information.
I was thrilled to find Chuck Passaro's Practicum for the Sultana, downloaded it, and printed out the first section.I now have confidence that I'm starting out on the right foot, and know that when I make the inevitable blunder, help will be close by.
My thanks to Chuck and all of you that make this site so extrordinary.
Happy Building
Joe

Posted by - cwallace
Post date - 01-27-2008, 09:54 PM
Sounds great, Joe...I haven't read Chuck's practicum but if it's anything like one for the Phantom pilot schooner, you are definitely starting on the right foot. Please keep us up to date on your progress and post lots of pictures!

Posted by - ChuckPassaro
Post date - 01-28-2008, 12:21 PM
Joe

Thanks for the Kudos. I hope the info in that guide helps you. There are so many ways to build a model and the techniques described in that guide are only one of them. Keep me posted on your progress and if you have any questions dont hesitate to ask. The Sultana is a great looking little Schooner.

Chuck

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 02-02-2008, 07:15 PM
Hi, All
Following Chuck's instructions, I removed the bulwarks down to the deck. I've enclosed four pictures. I'm not used to doing photo's of small detail, so if anyone wants to advise on how to make the photo's better, I'd be pleased to hear from you.
Tomorrow I'll cut out the templates and begin carving the hull. Wish me luck. I'm sure I'll need it.
Best regards,
Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_003.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_003.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_004.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_004.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_001.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_001.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_002.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_002.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 02-02-2008, 08:10 PM
Good luck Joe,
I don't think you will need it though. Looks like your doing just fine. Photos look good so far.
Dennis

Posted by - hardingb
Post date - 02-03-2008, 10:53 AM
Looking good, Joe. Glad to see you've gotten started.
Remember, the keel templates butt together, they DON'T overlap at bulkhead 4!!! Aaaack!

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 02-08-2008, 01:22 PM
Hi,All
Well, I sanded the counter and stern, added the ledge, trimmed out the keel, (Which I hope I didn't mess up too badly) and am now on station four, carving the hull.
Best to all,
Joe
PS Thanks to Chuck, Dennis and Ben for all your help and patience. Maybe you guys should declare me as a dependant on your taxes!http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_013.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_013.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_016.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_016.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_015.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_015.jpg)

Posted by - hardingb
Post date - 02-08-2008, 04:11 PM
Done and done, and a $3,400 deduction for me!
I hope I didn't mess up too badly
Don't sweat the screw-ups...wood filler heals all wounds...or is that time...well, one or the other.

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 02-15-2008, 03:20 PM
Hi,All,
Well, it's almost planking time. Got a few soaking to see how the jig works out. Chuck wasn't kidding when he said that after gluing down the deck plan, there might be more carving to do. I've been doing nothing but for the last three days. I found the main deck to be puzzling. Except for shaping, the other deck templates lay down nicely from bow to stern. Main deck, however, the template just seemed too long. I got it to where it seems fairly acceptable, but I wish I could have found another 1/16" of length.
Best to all,
Joe

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 02-19-2008, 07:43 PM
Just completed the first half of planking the hull. Had some trouble filling the trunnels. Added water to the Elmer's wood filler, but didn't have the right consistency. Have to try soaking the planks longer. Curve at the bow is really extreme, and I messed a couple up getting them into the jig.
Best regards
Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_008.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_008.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_007.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_007.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_005.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_005.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_0041.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_0041.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 02-19-2008, 07:58 PM
Looking good Joe,
The second half will go better now that you know what your doing.
Dennis

Posted by - hardingb
Post date - 02-19-2008, 11:01 PM
Very nice, Joe. You'll like it better once you've got the final sanding and staining done.

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 02-27-2008, 06:49 AM
Stained the planking. A bit blotchy. Hopefully, a second coat will help even it out. Before sanding, priming and painting bottom of hull, I'm going to try and attach stem, keel and sternpost.
Best regards
Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_012.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_012.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_011.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_011.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_010.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_010.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 02-27-2008, 09:09 AM
Looking very good Joe,
Lightly sand it and apply your second coat. Blotches give it character. May want to add light coat of rub-on satin poly.
Dennis

Posted by - jemontgomery
Post date - 02-28-2008, 03:19 AM
Joe:
Looks good, coming along nicely, good work!

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 03-01-2008, 11:50 AM
I ended up replacing a couple of planks that I didn't like and restaining, after adding the stem, keel and sternpost. Although I masked first, that basswood really soaks up the stain, and I got some bleed through. I have some sealer that I'll use on the hull bottom before I prime. Hopefully, this will prevent the stain from seeping through the white paint. Haven't put poly on the stain yet.http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_021.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_021.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_020.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_020.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_019.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_019.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_018.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_018.jpg)

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 03-06-2008, 11:27 AM
Just removed the masking tape and am happy with the results. This time, I masked with shiny black electrical tape, burnished the edge, and painted the burnished edge with the sealer, which I used on the hull also. Got a nice, clean line. No bleed through, no gluey risidue. Used ten coats of thinned white paint. I may have thinned it too much, but I'm used to using oil based. This is my first time with acrylic. I'll be starting the transom next. If anyone has any addice, please tell me. I'm especially concerned about the proper drill bit to use for the rudder hole above the sternpost. Thanks, Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_030_Small_.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_030_Small_.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_029_Small_.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_029_Small_.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_028_Small_.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_028_Small_.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_027_Small_.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_027_Small_.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 03-06-2008, 11:33 AM
Hi Joe,
Paint job and planking look great. I drilled a small pilot hole first for the rudder just to be sure hole was straight. Then I used a little larger bit to open more and then final bit. This is my 2-cents. I'm sure others have their own method.
Dennis

Posted by - jemontgomery
Post date - 03-07-2008, 04:33 AM
Agree with Dennis. Start small and work your up. Use a file for the final fit (less chance of tearing wood with a large drill bit.)

Excellent progress, by the way.

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 03-25-2008, 08:53 AM
Hi, all
Since I last posted, I've been stumbling along, but have made some progress. Have scratch built transom, rudder, cap rails and beaded molding. Also, using sculpy, I made scrolls for caprails and quarterbadges. Attached wales, and am now half way through deck planking. The funny thing about a first model is that I've learned so much, that I almost wish I could start over from the beginning so that I could do a better job. Best to all, Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_0451.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_0451.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_046.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_046.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_044.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_044.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_0321.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_0321.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_035.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_035.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_034.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_034.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 03-25-2008, 12:37 PM
Looking very good Joe,
You did a nice job on the quarterbadges. Looks like you & Sculpey get along.

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 03-31-2008, 08:01 AM
I scratch built the hatches, using ME's grating kit. The gratings were stained golden oak, and the frames painted red like the bulwarks. Also made the ladder for the open hatch. Actually, I had to make several ladders until I got one not only straight, but that would fit snugly.
Best to all
Joehttp://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_0471.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_0471.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_051.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_051.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_049.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_049.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_050.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_050.jpg)

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 04-05-2008, 05:52 PM
Scratch built the pumps. Stained them golden oak. Finished the deck planking, stained golden pecan, and joggled planks on the forward deck. My first time trying that. The stain darkened the edges so it's hard to tell, but I got a tight fit into the margin plank and was fairly happy with the way it turned out.http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_059.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_059.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_057.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_057.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_055.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_055.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_054.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_054.jpg)

Posted by - Spankydude1
Post date - 04-05-2008, 06:28 PM
Hi Joe,
Nibbing looks very good. I chickened out on my Sultana. The pumps look a little large though. Think you need to toss away and make them half that size. Both should be able to sit on top of a dime. Just kidding.

Posted by - Joetattoo
Post date - 04-07-2008, 10:09 AM
Hope so, Dennis. If I had to make them any smaller, insanity would surely follow! Did the waterways, scuppers and travelrod. Painted the waterways white for contrast with the bulwarks and deck. http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_064.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_064.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_062.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_062.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_063.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_063.jpg)http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/thumbs/Sultana_060.jpg (http://shipmodeling.net/photopost/data/913/Sultana_060.jpg)