Building The Vera Cruise

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:59 pm

Here's some more. I am framing the composting bin as well. Still more work to do on that.
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Making the frame for the compost bin.
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Adding spacers to the frame. Another piece will be epoxied to the top, effectively sandwiching the bin in the frame. Then I'll make a wooden cover.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by Milhouse » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:54 pm

Looks great Carl!
Mostly encapsulation work right now which means coat, wait, sand, coat, wait, sand, coat....
Have you tried putting on a few coats in one day so that you can avoid sanding between coats? I feel that all I'm doing lately is epoxying and varnishing stuff too I was looking to speed it up so I tried applying two coats in a day on my bright transom on the sail and it seemed to work.

I used west system 105 and 205 and waited a few hours till it was not tacky and then applied another coat.

Here is the article I found on this method: https://www.westsystem.com/instruction- ... r-coating/
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:18 pm

Milhouse wrote:Looks great Carl!

Have you tried putting on a few coats in one day so that you can avoid sanding between coats? I feel that all I'm doing lately is epoxying and varnishing stuff too I was looking to speed it up so I tried applying two coats in a day on my bright transom on the sail and it seemed to work.

I used west system 105 and 205 and waited a few hours till it was not tacky and then applied another coat.
I do the double coating when I can, but almost without fail, the first coat on the wood needs sanding just to smooth it out. Bubbles form o matter how careful I am and I tip every piece. Most days, I can only put on one coat anyway because of lack of free time.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:11 am

I'm off this week and trying to get more work done. Lots of encapsulation so you know how that goes. But also working on some of the smaller items. I have the compost bin framed now and the ventilation fan is nearly ready for installation. All the head box internal parts are encapsulated so I can start thinking about assembly. I want to make the front frame and doors this week as well as finish encapsulating the floor underneath. I am also going to try and get more work done on the seat box. Ordered a few parts for under the floor and will be routing bilge hose as soon as the parts arrive.
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Fiberglass and encapsulate the starboard floor piece
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Made mounting brackets for the head box ventilation fan housing. Just need to match drill the holes on the box.
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The utility lid with the framed steel compost bin and wooden TP holder. Still need to do finish work on these. also make a lid for the bin.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by specialk » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:44 pm

Beautiful work as always. ..Carl...your build is getting closer by the day...can't wait to see this in person at one of the gathering. ...
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Post by mrintense » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:37 pm

Thanks Kelly, I am trying to get it to a usable state. So much to do on these cruisers!

It's been a fairly productive week so far, lots of encapsulation has been completed, and I planed down the Cherry boards i bought for veneering the interior. Yesterday and today I spent making and fitting the veneers and then starting to epoxy them into position.
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The plywood face plate for the head box, This will be veneered with Cherry.
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I will be adding a corner piece of Cherry to the main head box. This will be blended in and rounded over.
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Fitting the edge veneers to the head box cover. Need to make sure that they all line up with the veneers on the remainder of the head box.
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Post by mrintense » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:38 pm

And a couple more.....
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The aft facing of the head box will veneered with these pieces of Cherry.
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Epoxying the edge veneers to the head box cover.
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Post by DrBryanJ » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:53 pm

Carl: It's looking really nice. Hope the crazy situation in Austin hasn't effected you any?
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Post by mrintense » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:06 pm

Thanks Bryan. Although I was not personally affected, the bomber was located fairly close, next city over. My son was a bit worried. Really a shame that society today drives people to do these sort of things! :? :?

I had two more photos to post, but forgot them earlier. Now I am just waiting for all the various epoxied items to cure so I can move on to the next phase.
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This is the access panel on the back of the head box. Panel will be painted before latches are permanently added.
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The compost material holding bin and the TP holder with the faux wood rod made from
a sanded and stained white plastic rod
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by chugalug » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:24 pm

:D looks good,Carl.Say, have you tried some of that pour-on finish? one just combines the 2 parts and really whip it up(wear paint mask-as there's tiny bubbles in the air) then spread on with foamy or pour on .then use small propane torch lightly to get the bubbles in the finish.I used that on my fold-up table.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by steveh41 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:47 pm

Really looking great Carl! Meticulous carefully planned work... BTW I have greatly admired your scale model posts & would appreciate seeing more! :D

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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by froberts » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:42 am

As always, your attention to the smallest of details is amazing! Also, do you by chance remember how much paint you used for your bottom? just trying to gauge how much I'll need.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by bossyf » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:46 am

Great job. How many hours do you put into this project?
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by mrintense » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:46 am

Thanks Tim, Steve, Fraser, and bossyF
chugalug wrote:Say, have you tried some of that pour-on finish? one just combines the 2 parts and really whip it up then spread on with foamy or pour on .then use small propane torch lightly to get the bubbles in the finish.I used that on my fold-up table.
I tried a similar approach with epoxy in January when I was coating the partition, however it didn't work out so good. I am going to try again on something now that the weather is warmer. I'm using a heat gun rather than a torch.
steveh41 wrote:BTW I have greatly admired your scale model posts & would appreciate seeing more!
I haven't even been to my model building bench since the weather got better and I could work on the boat. But here's a few from several years ago (before I started building the boat). Picture quality is poor because I didn't have a decent camera then.
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froberts wrote:Also, do you by chance remember how much paint you used for your bottom? just trying to gauge how much I'll need.
Fraser, IIRC, it was three gallons of white and 2 gallons of primer, but I had to repeat several times.
bossyf wrote:How many hours do you put into this project?
Well, I don't want to discourage anyone, I am a slow builder and tend to get bogged down in details, and I've made a bunch of mistakes, but on the other hand I don't want to sugar coat this either because building one of these does take a multi year commitment. I am just over 1704 hours as of this morning. That's an average of 1.5 hours per day since August of 2012. There were many dry spells in there with no work being performed (for various reasons). But I generally try to work on it some every day.
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Re: Building The Vera Cruise

Post by steveh41 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:34 am

Carl,

Thanks for the pics... BTW how do you add the panel lines and rivet detail? They really look great! The P-40 shot looks like the real thing making a low pass :D

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