Bluenose Canadian Schooner
June 14, 2017
With construction of the hull, masts, booms and gaffs complete, it is a good time to do a quick final pass and clean up any lingering issues.
Looking over the hull, I found a few minor things that needed to be finished up.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve ordered some wooden barrels from a few different vendors. I wanted to find ones that were not only the right size, but also the right finish to match the ship.
I really liked the ones I ordered from Model Expo, but they were a dark walnut that didn’t match (and they were too dark to stain). I managed to find some from Modeler’s Central that were identical, but made from lighter unfinished wood. I tried a few different sizes, and ended up going with 15mm x 17mm barrels.
I was able to stain these barrels to match the wood work on the rest of the ship.
I painted the bands black, and tied them down with some tan line
The dory oars also needed to be secured. I made these quite a while ago, but I left them loose until now. After a little bit of fiddling, I decided on a spot and glued then down.
When building the lower masts, I fashioned the gooseneck and its shackle from brass. It seemed fine, but once I did a test-fit with the booms, it was a little too long.
So, I removed it and tried again. The new one is uglier, but shorter and better shaped.
With those fixes in place, I’m ready to move on.