As I’m into my 2nd day of sanding and making micro adjustments here and there, I was thinking to myself how I never rush this process.
I find that it helps to put it down and pick it up every once in awhile over the course of a few days before proceeding to the next step.
During that time, I’ve come to realize some of the shortcomings and disadvantages of Dap Weldwood Contact Cement. I’ll cover this more in a Post dedicated to it.
In the meantime, suffice it to say that I’ve made perhaps about a dozen or so repairs of Planks that didn’t retain their glue holds, which I’ve had since to repair with SuperGlue. Not to mention those annoying little Glue sprues.
One thing that I’ve found out from previous models is the danger of over sanding. You always need to stay aware of how much wood you have left under what you’re working on. Which is not to say that you can’t take it down to almost paper thin… But you want to avoid doing that just for the sake of preserving it’s structural strength.
Between now and when you’re done, the model will get handled quite a bit. Once it’s displayed though, there’s not much to worry about unless you have kids or cats.
One thing I found out about this Dap Weldwood Contact Cement is that it leaves these rubbery growths in between the Planks that sometimes come up on you and they’re really a pain in the ass to remove because they’re so tenacious.
I suppose that’s a testament to how strong this Contact Cement is. I do like using Contact Cement way more than using Titebond II and SuperGlue for this work.
I’ve been sanding the Hull so that the Gun Ports are flush with the Hull sides.
The line of the Hull above the Wales have a concave nature to it, so I’ve been trying to get it even…
But to my constirnation, I made another error when I was a bit too enthusiastic with the sanding and I over sanded the Bollard on the Port Side of the Forecastle… Ugh… I hate when that happens! I should have known better. At least I stopped soon enough so I have something to work with when I do my secondary Planking.
I put Putty on all the parts that had flaws or holes in it…
The over-sanded Bollard is completely saveable. Because there still requires a Caprail and Handrail at this part.
Sanding takes awhile to do. I find it relaxing. The one thing that you have to be careful about is to not over sand. I’ve done that before on a previous model in my enthusiasm to get the lines perfect. Very disconcerting.
As I sit here, listening to my favorite Bach B Minor Mass performance by the Van Veldhoven Netherlands Bach Society, I was thinking to myself about how the act of Sanding the wood is very cathartic and relaxing.
I guess Leroy Jethro Gibbs has the right idea about it as he builds his boats down in his basement.