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  1. That would make it much easier, sure, but time consuming.
  2. Looks great Jason, one of my favorite logs on this site. How did you do the scuppers? Does the kit come with rings that you just glue on? My Caldercraft Badger kit had rings for the scuppers - they drove me a bit nuts because they kept brushing off the hull. I bought some kind of product that is used in electrical applications that is like a metal tube with a flange on the end (forget what it's called). So, I'm thinking that using those will have more stability because I can insert them into the hull.
  3. Coming along nicely! Frankly, I'm not sure what the pins are for. I know some people like to hammer the planks in with pins. I think if you have good wood glue (personally, I'm not a big fan of CA/super glue), you just need some method to keep the planks in place while the glue dries. For me, the pliers are a quick and easy way to keep the planks against the bulkheads while the glue dries. Then when done, I just pull the pins out. You don't have to push the pins in very far as you can see from my LAR build: I've also tried these planking screws from Micromark. They do the job, but are really hard on the fingers (the knurled knobs are rough, especially when trying to screw them into tough bulkheads). Others have made their own based on similar design principles. https://www.micromark.com/Planking-Clamps-10
  4. Landlubber Mike

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    Welcome! The Terror looks like a nice kit, I think I speak for many when I say it would be great to see a build log
  5. Cool idea. Thanks for sharing Geoff!
  6. Landlubber Mike

    Push hammer?

    Dave, This is what I use. Much easier than those pin pushers (I feel like I've tried them all): https://www.micromark.com/Spike-Insertion-Plier Much more control over the pin, and super quick and easy to install the pins and remove them. For my first planking, I use this to push the pins just enough into the bulkhead to hold the plank in place while the glue dries. You don't have to push them all the way in. Often times, you can re-use the pins too which is nice.
  7. I usually plank my hulls in my lap. I feel that with the angle, and the force needed to insert pins into the plywood bulkheads, it's much easier to do so in my lap. I also don't hammer pins to set the planking. Instead, I use this tool to help set the planks on the bulkheads or filler blocks: https://www.micromark.com/Spike-Insertion-Plier You don't have to push the pins all the way in - just enough to have the plank firmly against the bulkhead while the glue is drying. It's quick and easy, and then you can remove the pins when the glue has dried and use them again. Of course, this is only the approach used for the first planking on a two planking hull.
  8. Coming along very nicely Marcus. I like the colors you are using. Can I ask what brand of paints?
  9. Wow that Saint Philippe is gorgeous. Might have to add that one to the distant want-to-build list.
  10. Hey John, good to see you back. Looking great!
  11. Very nice work Clare on a unique, and interesting subject! Congratulations!
  12. Not to clutter Ponto's log, but to add to what Pete said, the kit is actually very nice. And the kit is designed to match the frigate in the Chapman plates - which is a completely different ship from the Renommee that is the subject of the Ancre book. In fact, I think the Chapman plates actually represent a Swedish frigate named the Jupiter (hence, the Jupiter figurehead). As Pete said, the plans are very detailed. Unfortunately, it is true that some of the plans don't line up with each other to be perfectly honest. But, it's not an issue. The kit wood and components are well done. Cast metal is never great in kits, but it's pretty good here. The kit provides the cast metal detail pieces as a way to more simply build the ship, but you can always scratch those details like I plan to do.
  13. Landlubber Mike

    What have you received today?

    I have one too, but haven’t used it yet. Will probably use it in the near future for some inside curves on the stem of my Renommee.
  14. Thanks Popeye for the kind words. I'm slowly plodding along planking the gun deck at the moment, which I have just about completed. I'm planning to spile the upper hull planking which should be interesting. It's a curvy lady! I've also started working on a new stem. I wanted to use wood of a consistent color and grain, and unfortunately the kit walnut differs. So, I'm going to replace the stem and laminate over the keel using some nice dark walnut from Crown Timberyard (as well as plank the lower hull with it). The nice thing about replacing the stem is that I can build it in pieces per the plans, rather than a solid piece.
  15. Allatum, I just saw your post. I hope you purchased the kit (or at a minimum, the plans) - it's not fair to the nice folks at Euromodel if you are attempting to build it from scratch using proprietary information owned by Euromodel.

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