Erik W

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  1. Hi Allan, I tried to PM you, but was given the error message, "allanyed is unable to receive messages". Thanks for the offer of sending me Kurt Hasselbalch's contact info. The Herreshoff book, which was just published late last year, lists him as curator of the MIT Museum. So, yes, please PM me his email address. The sailboat in the book that really caught my eye is the NY50 Spartan. Though, they're all quite beautiful. Thanks! Erik
  2. Thanks Mark. I just shot Pete a PM. His Herreshoff builds in the gallery look great! Erik
  3. I recently received the book Herreshoff American Masterpieces. Reviewed here: This is truly one of the best coffee table books, on any subject, I've seen. If you like recreational sailboats, it's a must have. It's a huge 11 1/2" x 14". The photography is amazing. The Herreshoff plans are part of the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum. Does anyone know if these are available to the general public? It's an intriguing thought to build a scale model of one of the sailboats featured in this book. Erik
  4. Mike, Thanks. In looking at my plans, and then looking at your yards in the photo, I understand what you did with the diameter of the yards when shortening them. One of the good things about starting my build after you guys is that you figure out some of this stuff before I get to that point in the build. Also, that shorter main yard is a good thing. I've been wondering just how wide the shelf will have to be that I display my Cheerful on! Erik
  5. Looks good Mike. How much did you shorten the yards? Were they mistakenly drawn too long on the plans? Thanks, Erik
  6. I roughly sanded the 5 rows of strakes I've been working on. Working my way up from the keel. Only 5 more rows to go! Erik
  7. Bob, Thanks for posting more photos! She looks beautiful!! It's definitely a challenge to photograph the entire ship. Erik
  8. Bob, It looks great!! Like Blue Ensign, I too would like to see more photos. Erik
  9. I realized when I was planking the second belt of strakes on the first side of the hull that I wouldn't be able to use the clamps in the same way on the other side of the hull. Since the fully planked finished side is now rounded, the clamps have nothing to grip. I made a surface to place the clamps on out of a few dollars worth of basswood. I made it to a size and depth that would allow clamping of my strakes in the second belt as I work my way towards the first belt of strakes. It's working well so far. As with the other clamping I've done, I test fit the clamp position before I apply glue, so I can figure out the placement before I do it for real. Erik
  10. I've gotten more planking done on my Cheerful. The starboard side is complete, now it's on to the last half of the port side. Erik
  11. Thanks for the kind words! I make such a mess when I do the planking, with the glue smearing the pencil all over the place, glue finger prints, etc., that I can't tell how the joints between strakes will look until I sand all the mess off. As I sanded, I was pleasantly surprised that the last strake turned out so well. To get it to the right width I cut it down to get it to the basic shape, but slightly oversized, and then started at the bow with removing material and worked my way along the length of the plank. Meaning, once I got the first 1/2" so it would fit in between the adjacent strakes, I moved onto the next short segment, carefully sanding the plank edge and test fitting until it fit correctly with a little pressure. I erred on the side of not removing enough material as I did my sanding, before test fitting. As we all have learned the hard way, you can't put material back! Erik
  12. I reached a bit of a milestone today. I finished the planking on the starboard side. That last row of planks was a bit tricky, but I managed to avoid any gaps. I gave this side of the hull a once over with 120 grit emery boards. This is what I've done all my sanding with so far, and what I shape the planks with: They're flexible, so easily contour to the shape of the hull as I sand. I cut them into smaller shapes for detail work. Cheap and effective. This is a bit of a rough look since I'm waiting to get the hull fully planked, and the stern post attached, before I do any sanding near the stem and keel. I'm happy with the results so far. Lets hope the port "display" side of the hull turns out as well or better. I included a closeup shot of the planking to show the variety of pattern and color of the boxwood I'm using. I like the variation. Erik
  13. Oh it's bad. Trust me. It's so bad I can't even say it on the internet. Erik
  14. Nice job Per! But . . . we demand more photos than the few you posted in the gallery. Your build looks great, so needs to be shown in lots of large photos! It's the law according to the rules of the MSW statutes Section 4 subsection 4b paragraph 27 item 16 exhibit GE25J after all. It's a pretty serious infraction if you don't post more photos, just ask the moderators. Seriously though, good job! Erik
  15. Joe, I hadn't thought of that. I used the tape method to determine the edge bend of each plank. I finished the second-to-last row of planks last night, so forge ahead with the last row tonight. I'll probably do what I've been doing with the other rows. Using digital calipers I transfer, from my tick marks, the plank width to each plank where it sits on the bulkheads. Using first an Xacto blade, then a 180 grit emery board, I remove material on the plank down to my marks. I'm sure I'll test fit it around a million times to try to get it perfect. Erik