Painting these Trailboards which go from the Headboard to the Stem.
These came with the kit. Made out of Pewter.
The trailboards are a pair of boards that may be found at the bow of certain sailing vessels, where they run from the figurehead or billethead back to or towards the hawsepipe. They are in the main decorative, though they often bear the name of the ship; they vary in decoration styles.
Also known as Hawse Pipes.
Drilled out these Hawse Holes underneath the Cathead.
This is where the Anchor Chain will pass through to the Capstan.
Painting the Decorative Cheek pieces that will go against the Cheeks on the Bow.
These are made out of Pewter and resemble some Laurels.
I painted them Gold, with the Martha Steward paint, after Priming them.
Then, I formed them around the curve of the Cheek and I glued them in using some Quick Dry Epoxy because of the Duo Material nature of the surfaces I was gluing.
I didn’t realize that the black was supposed to go all the way up above the Wales. So I just got through painting it black.
The last Post was getting a bit long so I decided to continue the Balcony here.
I’ve really been working on the Port Balcony for about 3 days… Trying to get it right.
Now, the Starboard Balcony is a practice of duplicating a mirror image of the Port Balcony.
I’ve had to remake the outer Bulkhead a few times.
This is what I’ve got so far…
I ended up burning it a bit while removing the Bees Wax. But that Bees Wax is the thing to use for this work.
I’m soaking the top Decorative Piece to bend it around the curve because otherwise it will break.
Does my Butt look even???
I’m using Rubber Band to bend the top Decorative Piece around the form of the outside of the Balcony.
The reason I’m using the Rubber Band is because I used clamps last time and it left indentations.
Looking at these pieces for the Balcony, I’ve to come to realize that this is going to be a bit more complicated than I expected.
First thing that I did was to manage to break the Balcony outside piece. These guys are incredibly delicate! So much so that I’m pre-hardening them with Superglue even before I begin!
After a couple of failed attempts, I decided to form a shape out of some Balsa Wood as the form and gluing the wood to it on the outside. I had to use some Putty to disguise the cracks.
I’m going to be using some Primer and then Paint it.
I didn’t mention that I had to make a whole different one of these Balconys because I wasn’t satisfied with the above.
This one, I used a piece of Poplar Wood I had in my Backyard.
I didn’t like how the Balsa was too soft above.
Then, I took and used the Cutout as a Pattern and made the outside Bulkhead put of some Mahogany that I had.
I then cut the Windows out with a Xacto Blade.
That Top Decorative Strip… I had to soak it for 2 hours with Ammonia and Water. Good thing I did too… Else it would have cracked for sure going around that bend.
Then, after it was dry, I simply dribbled some Superglue around the Edges to hold it.
So, while I was Sanding the Starboard side one, I ended up sanding the end of my finger off!!!
The solution I came up with is to use some Double sides Tape and attach a Dowel or something to hold it while pressing it up against the Sander.
I think Contact Cement is the way to go for the Windows.
I thought I had lost these pieces so I started creating some Decorative Columns with some 1x3mm Walnut with my Micro-Shapers.
I messed up on this part so I need to sand it off and start over again.
While looking for a way to hold the part so I don’t sand off the end of my finger again, I came upon my Bees Wax.
I said… Hmmm… 🤔 . . Bees Wax. By jove, it might just work, what???
Right now I’m trying to create a mirror image for the Starboard side…
I’m going to stop here and make the outer Bulkhead before proceeding…