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  1. Jim: I agree that fairing is VERY important. I have had hulls where you think it is faired, but then testing with a batten shows a small area or two that need more work. Once you think it is on the mark, start over and make sure. Chances are something will need a little more work. It can take a while to get it just right, but that is time well spent if you want a really nice planking job. You are handling it well. Russ
  2. Jim: Your hull is coming together quite well. This is a nice looking model and you are doing a good job getting the hull faired up and solid. The blackened hatches are a good idea. The time you take now will make the rest of the hull go much better. Russ
  3. Gary: You are building a very nice looking model. The capstan is an improvement on the metal version. The skylights are especially well done. Good work. Russ
  4. Lawrence: In scratch building, if you are not making mistakes, you are not building. Russ
  5. Lawrence: Using a drill plate just takes some practice and you have to figure out how it works best for you. I use bamboo mostly and I found that you have to draw it through the same hole several times before moving on to the next hole. That will help prevent breakage. Some builders clamp it to a table or bench. I hold mine in my hand and pull with the other hand. Try it out and see which way works best for you. Russ
  6. Lawrence: You will like the drawplate. I have several plates and the Model Machines plate is now almost the only one I use. Have fun. Russ
  7. Ken: You are making very good progress. The hull planking came out very well. I think the color choices are attractive. I would not have thought walnut could look that good, but it does. Good work. Russ
  8. This is a nice looking kit. I like how the deck planking came out. Your planking strips are always very good. I use them regularly. Russ
  9. Doug: Well done. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Russ
  10. Doug: I am huge Underhill fan. When I got into wooden shipmodeling, his books were among the first I read and I still refer to his work whenever I need a pick me up. However, his work is a secondary source while the Lloyd survey would be a primary source. The primary source is contemporary with the ship and far outweighs information from a secondary source written decades after the ship went out of service. So, simply because Underhill built his model without hanging knees does not mean that the ship did or did not have hanging knees. This all boils down to what you are after in the modeling process. You can build the model exactly as Underhill did and the result will be a fine model for which you can be justifiably proud. Or, you can research the vessel and attempt to build it as it actually was built. The result will be a fine model for which you can be justifiably proud. The difference is, which one will please you personally the most? I always tell people to build the model that pleases them best. Russ
  11. Doug: The information on Lloyd's surveys being digitized is good to know. I found the listing of Leon in Lloyd's Record of American and Foreign Shipping. Those volumes are digitized at Mystic Seaport Museum. They have several decades of these publications online. https://research.mysticseaport.org/ships/?post_type=mystic_items The initial survey was done in Laurvig so that would be housed DNV, wherever that is located. Unless someone complains, we can continue here. Or you can contact me via PM. Russ
  12. I just discovered that the collection of Lloyd's surveys has gone back to Lloyd's and is no longer at NMM. Here is a link to get some help. Not sure how they will respond, but you can ask them. Look under Historical Records. https://www.lloyds.com/help-and-glossary/faqs
  13. Doug: Please do not limit yourself to the original survey. She was surveyed numerous times over her career. Some of them, they might not have, so get the earliest survey you can. Good luck with your search. Russ
  14. Doug: Leon was built in 1880 and her 1882 Lloyds Record of American and Foreign Shipping entry gives her classification as A 1-1. It says she was built of fir, pine, and oak. She was copper and iron fastened. She had a metal sheathed bottom. She was surveyed by Lloyds at Laurvig in January 1881, just a few weeks after her launch in December 1880. Their surveys are kept at National Maritime Museum, I believe. I would contact NMM and see if they have her original survey. That would answer a lot of questions. Russ

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