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Herter's Model 63 Diver Rehab
Good morning, All~


I am in the thick of completing two duckboats right now - yet another South Bay and a Duck Wrangler (a first for me). In the "interstitial time", I am also rehabbing a few gunning decoys. I have a handful of Bean's Pintails and Mallards almost done - but have been repairing 4 little Herter's Model 63 divers - which came to me as pairs of Cans and Bluebills. The Cans were the earlier flat-bottom birds (my favorites) and the Bills had the extruded keels with the all-to-common rust out of the cast iron ballast. My job was to get them once again ready-to-hunt - and change the Bluebills into Whistlers.







The heads were sanded - both on the table sander for the heavy "sagittal ridges" and by hand with 120-grit paper.






The heads then got coated with epoxy + fine sawdust (which I collect from my band saw).






I try to avoid the coating on the bills and eyes.






Next step is priming with flat oils - mostly different flavors of Rustoleum - in approximations of the final hues.






Here they are in final paint - subject to touch-ups after joining up with their respective bodies. Topcoats are Behr latex and the bills and eyes get Satin Spar Varnish.







The Bluebill heads make a passable Whistler - 'though I am always tempted to trim those bills down a bit.....






The Canvasback bodies were sound. They got epoxy + fine sawdust on the bottoms...






...and epoxy + ground walnut shells - from Homer Decoys - on their topsides.






Continued.....


SJS


Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Part 2


The newer bodies needed more attention.






I first sanded the keels flat on my table sander.






I then filled the crevices and crevasses with thickened epoxy.



I cut some light (6-ounce) cloth to harden the keel.






I saturated the cloth with straight resin when the thickened epoxy was still "live".






After curing and a light sanding, the whole bottom got the epoxy + fine sawdust recipe.






I just coated the topsides with epoxy + ground walnut shells. The Cans - after their flat oil primer coats - are getting thir finish psaint now.


Stay tuned!


SJS


Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Good morning, All~


Closer to the finish line. All need heads to be permanently attached. Whistlers have just been primed - but Cans are done.






All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Beautiful work as always.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

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Steve

You have it down to a science. For those that wonder if epoxy will melt foam you just gave them their answer. Nice work as always.

Eric
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  well done
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All~


Here they are - ready to migrate back to South Jersey:








Actually, I fussed a bit with this Hen since her "hearth portrait"....






Her spouse:








The earlier flat-bottom 63s - Mister Canvasback:






His loyal wife:






Happy Thanksgiving!


SJS



Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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First rate job as always. Look very good, and ready to go to work.


Best regards
Vince











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