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  1. I'm not sure any of my planks on the hull were 'standard' size. I just used the tic strip method and cut the planks to whatever size was needed for each tic mark. Not a single plank was just left at the exact size, although some of them probably had a small part of them at that size, but they would be tapered to match the marks based on the planking fan. So my personal opinion is that you make the planks fit the hull using the tic marks, you don't try to figure out how to use 'standard' sized planks.
  2. I used the same guns, but make sure you do some test fitting as they sit slightly higher than the kit guns, so I needed to make some tweaks to make them fit in the gunports properly. I changed them in two ways as needed. I made the slots where the trunions sit slightly deeper, and I sanded the bottom of the trucks flat, which I found not to be noticeable when they are finally fixed to the deck as long as you don't overdo it. After making the adjustments, the qoins had to be carefully adjusted before fixing in place to get the barrels to be not pointed down. Looking great Jean-Paul.
  3. Great work Frank... but man you are just way too organized for me. 😂
  4. Very nice job on the netting. Interesting note on beeswax that I got from the IPMS National Convention seminar - wipe a line with beeswax and then use a hair-dryer or hot air gun, and it melts the wax into the line making it disappear! Something to consider in the future, and I have not tried this.
  5. Looking great Chuck, but I have a question from last page when you were removing the frame centers. In one of the photographs it appears to me that there is visible CA glue spillage/seepage next to some of the frames on the inside of the planking. I then do not see it in the photograph where all the centers are removed. If that truly is CA on the wood, how do you clean it up so well? My experience with CA on wood has been that it's nearly impossible for me to make the spot left on the wood disappear, but it appears that you have mastered that! Thanks!
  6. Today was day 1 of the IPMS National Convention, and model registration is still open all day tomorrow (9a-6p) before judging starts. There are already over 100 ship or submarine models on the tables, not including this ridiculous display of every single Essex class carrier ever given names (i.e. includes ones that were never completed or even laid down when the war ended) in 1/350 scale. Also not included are various ships/subs entered in non-ship classes like Dioramas or triathlon (3 models all from different classes), etc. Sadly only 4 sailing ships so far, but hopefully more will show up tomorrow. Some fantastic stuff so far, but I didn't take my camera today, hence the crappy cell-phone picture above. I work tomorrow but will be back on Saturday when everything is there.
  7. That's a nice added detail that I didn't do on my hull. Looks good!
  8. For drilling a small hole in a small piece like that, you are probably much better off with a high speed drill than hand drilling it. I'd use a very sharp bit in a dremel tool turning at high speed and it would probably drill through fairly clean as long as you used very light pressure. Turning it very slowly lets the bit grab the wood and split it instead of just shaving off a tiny bit with each rotation. I'm way too far away for a trip just for this, but if you do want to drive out here you are welcome to do it on my mill.
  9. Really need to get back into the workshop and this project seems like a nice way to do it. Put me down for a commitment, maybe this is the kick I need to get back to smelling wood dust, and September'ish is good timing for me as I won't really have any time until after the first week of September.
  10. Somewhat surprised this hasn't been posted here already. Not strictly ships of course and will be mostly plastic, but wood, card and other materials have been allowed for years. If you are going to be in the Phoenix area and enjoy looking at models, the IPSM Nationals is probably the biggest show in the country as far as I know and plenty of ships are typically present. Fee for a general admission entry to just wander about and look at the models (and vendors) is $10 (plus whatever you end up paying to park in downtown Phoenix). Best day for just model viewing is probably Saturday the 4th since all the entries should be present then. The show is at the Phoenix Convention Center. For full schedule and more information visit the website: http://www.ipmsusanationals2018.org/
  11. Fantastic work Albert, and that magnificent display is just the capper on it, probably the best display board I've seen. I'm really going to miss seeing your updates here, as it's been marvelous even if I haven't chipped in with a lot of comments. Thank you for sharing this journey with us all!
  12. Great job, and I love the name plates. Going to have to remember this method!
  13. True, but I never said that it was 'everyday life' keeping me from doing stuff with boats. Combination of work, other hobbies that currently have my attention, and a GF who lives in another country so I'm spending a fairly significant amount of time traveling and not being here! I do want and intend to get back to the ship-building, but don't have a timeline for it.
  14. Nothing happening currently Tim, as life has sort of taken me out of the workshop for quite a long time now. Still want to get back to it eventually, but no idea when that will be. This is the first time I've even visited this site in almost a month.

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