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  1. Minor update and look what happens when I turn my back for 5 minutes. The boys thought it would look good with "racing stripes". Who would have heard of such a preposterous idea. However i really don't mid the look, a bit unconventional, but what the heck. Lets hope that is all they have in mind!! Cheers Chris
  2. You are not getting away that quick Harry I need to sort out the shift as well. I did have a lot of references saved but then a computer crash wiped them out. Now the old gray matter has to try and work out what i got from where.
  3. Hi Rick You need to explain these terms "King" and "sectional sketch that he did". Do you have any drawings or photos of what you did. I am currently drawing my layout on cardboard I will post here when done Thanks Chris
  4. Good Afternoon HOF Yes, long past its due date to be back, looking forward to more model building. I have started designing the deck layout, going to be a challenge Cheers Chris
  5. Howdy Rick Thanks, Yeah just a little mind refresher. But keen now to get the models progressing. Hooroo
  6. Wonders will never cease, I am back to model building and staying this time, though progress will be slow. A few pics are attached to show that the first planking is finished with a little bit of filler and the bulwarks have been glued on. Time to plank the deck next I think, should read instructions I suppose. I am planning on using hooked, tapered and bent planking if I can with the material provided in kit. Hooroo chris
  7. I will just add my little bit. If you want people to see a photo, provide a link to it and promote the other persons site as well, I don't think that they will mind having extra visitors. Cheers Chris PS the new site looks great, and appears to be working very well.
  8. Good Morning Capt'n Al Difficult job planking these sorts of ships and I was lucky that I had a full size replica to copy. https://www.flickr.com/photos/endeavourvoyages/albums/72157634081735926/with/9022926874/ Be careful with what I say I am not, by any means an expert on old sailing ships. more like an eggspurt. I think your 1st paragraph is close to the mark, but planks should not be reduced to less than half the original size. The planking rules did still apply, the joins still needed to run in the right line. I tended to to whatever I needed to do to make the plank fit, without doing anything too drastic. Have a look at how my endeavour planking finished.I haven't had any comments about whether it is strictly within rules. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/11341-hmb-endeavour-1768-by-cabbie-artesania-latina-160-kit-fiddle/page-6 I didn't use steelers at the stern. I started out with wider planks at the keel which when tapered gave a natural curve upwards. Planks were dropped under the wales as per the replica. I Hope some of this helps Cheers Chris
  9. Ok Thanks Rick I will have a look for some. It means a trip to Bendigo, which I usually avoid, but I do have to go up in the near future
  10. Wow too much. 2 posts in one night. Just a couple more photos to show some of the planks being held in place. The 2 planks at the stern have just been microwaved and are drying. The others have been glued. Big progress, that is one whole strake each side. Hooroo Chris
  11. Hi Rick, unfortunately not in the Whitsundays. Had a bit of time off over Christmas but haven't got much done. Other things keep intruding, went back to work last Monday. Too many customers at the moment and its not going to get any better. I have managed to get a few planks on, and have been experimenting with different methods of holding them in place I have given up on the chart pins and now will just use the planking screws. The plank with the 90 degree twist is a pain in the butt to make fit. It did glue in better than what the photo shows. I have started steaming only those planks in a container in the microwave and it softens them enough to allow them to twist. And then use the planking screws to hold them in place until they dry. Then I take them off and do a final fit and glue in place. Yeah I know doing it the hard way, each plank is tapered, fitted and glued in place. I think that now is the best time to practice planking and work out methods. Thanks for the tip about the cannons, but the are still a while off yet. LOL Cheers Chris
  12. Finally garbords are on, and rebate has been cut into the stem. Now its time to plank. It is a bit unconventional leaving the false keel off, but that will make it easier to get the thickness right. It will be fixed on before 2nd planking I will probably make it a bit higher, as it is now there is not much showing under the planking. hooroo Chris
  13. Hi Rick haven't got started today yet, the Admiral is at work and will be home soon. Then we will get stuck into it. i left the false keel of at this stage so that i can sand to the right thickness before the 2nd planking. I am very conscious of the planks fitting up to it, and will glue on before 2nd planking.
  14. Thanks Rick, yes air con is on and the modelling room is a great place to sit under it. Might add the blocks, will see if I can do without. It is a bit hot and dust today, but 36C is ok if you don't have to go out in it. Hi Dupree thanks for looking in, BUT, be careful following me, you don't know where you might end up. Cheers Chris
  15. Good afternoon mi Lords and Ladies And merry Christmas, or a happy whatever you like to celebrate. A little bit has been happening on the Mermaid, 2 blocks added in the bow to give the planks something to finish on. The top planks under the gunwales are on, and part of the Garbords are on. First some pics And now a question, or is that 3? or more How should the garbord plank finish up to the stem post? I believe that they shouldn't finish in a point? Is it correct in what I am doing? Should it be done as a hooked plank, with the next cut from a wider plank to allow that. yes i am a fussy bloke, this is only the first planking, but I figure that this is the best time to get the technique right. Cheers Chris

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