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  1. I paid $5 about 6 or 7 years ago to become a life member. seems they have upped the price a great deal since. my subscription still works, and its a really useful site. Chris
  2. Hey Mike, pictures tell a thousand words mate. Am sure someone here can help you out, but they really need visuals. Chris
  3. Hey Brian, if this is just first planking don't sweat it mate. Just sand, fill, sand again and move on. I guarantee that the second planking layer will be easier as you will have a nice smooth surface on which to lay them, plus the second planking layer is usually made from thinner and much more pliable timber than the first layer. Once you finish your model nobody will ever see or mention this first layer anyway. Chris
  4. Hey Mike, perhaps if you post a few pics and outline your problem we may be able to offer more help. Cheers Chris
  5. Hi all, hope this isn't a captain obvious question, but why are the river boats called packets? thanks chris
  6. number 1 rule for me is, build a vessel you are interested in. first build for me was amati santa maria. it was rated as an intermediate level kit but I finished her just fine mainly because I was in love with the vessel and the whole columbus story and legend. also if I would recommend 1 tool for the wooden model maker, it would be a dremel. these things are gold! chris
  7. Colour of riverboat hulls?

    Yeah these look good. Shipping to OZ is a bit expensive but I really want fancy ladies and dandy gentlemen strolling the uppers. Thanks for the link. Chris
  8. Colour of riverboat hulls?

    Eric, those are exactly the sort of figures I am looking for, however these appear to be in HO scale, which if I'm correct is a lot bigger than O scale??? If this is the case I reckon these maybe too large. Certainly O scale at 1:48 would be acceptable, but not sure about HO scale. Chris
  9. Colour of riverboat hulls?

    Hey Eric, your Bertrand is truly beautiful. Haven't actually read much of your log yet, just mainly looked at the pics. Am pretty sold on the idea of painting the hull white now. Bit of a shame to cover the lovely wood, but perhaps if I thin the paint a bit the grain will still show through somewhat. I really like your little people figures in your build. I have been trying to source some for this build in the right scale (1:50), and time period, but I haven't really had much luck. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Chris
  10. Colour of riverboat hulls?

    Kurt, Eric, thanks so much for your research on the topic. I don't think I will simulate deck caulking now. I am very new to Riverboats but I have very definitely fallen in love with them. I got the Way's Packet Directory for my birthday not long ago. What an undertaking that must have been to write! Chris
  11. Colour of riverboat hulls?

    Thanks Kurt. when you say black, are we talking tar like black? indeed, would this have been a tar like substance to improve watertight integrity? Also would upper decks have been caulked between planks like those of older sail vessels? Chris
  12. Hi all. I have very nearly finished the second planking of the Sergal Mississippi Riverboat. I understand that this model isn't a depiction of a real vessel, but I bought it because I fell in love with the box art really. Having said that, whilst the box art depicts her with a varnished hull, having looked at my Way's Packet Directory, and read some comments from other riverboat logs, am I correct in saying that most hulls would have indeed been painted? If so, what colour would they most likely be? Would they be like many vessels with a two tone, above and below waterline scheme? Any advice greatly appreciated. Chris
  13. Hey mate. Acrylic paint dries via 2 main methods; absorption via a porous substrate, or evaporation. By thinning the original paint with any only adds even more liquid to be dispersed via both these methods. If you have access to a speciality paint store they should have drying agents you can apply that will greatly speed up the process with only a few drops. Thinning paint can lead to colour change between area's unless you thin each batch with exactly the same amount of thinner/paint ratio. This occurs because you have changed the viscosity, hence drying time of the paint. A few drops of a professional drying agent is a far better way to go.