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Erik W

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  1. I thought you all might appreciate this. Jim Baumann is a noted British small scale ship modeler. Most of his builds are 1/700 scale WWI builds, but lately he's ventured into a sailing ship or two. His work is amazing. This is the 1/350 Winston Churchill. More photos of this phenomenal work here: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/misc/sail/SirWinstonChurchill-350-jb/index.htm Erik
  2. I also used individual planks. I'm a perfectionist, so planking the hull wound up taking quite a while. I'd do 1 or 2 planks a day after work, and 3 or 4 on the weekends. I started getting sloppy if I tried to do any more than that. Patience is key. As far as the plank ends go. I would mark out on the bulkhead the center point of each plank end and make sure the plank's end was perfectly vertical on the bulkhead (with the curvature of the hull this usually means the end is not square with the plank length). Sand lightly, test fit, repeat. The key for square/tight looking plank ends was that test fitting part. If there's a bit of a gap, sand lightly, test fit, repeat. Again, patience is key. This hobby in general vs. other's I have, has really taught me the value of going slow! Erik
  3. B.E. I've been following your Cheerful build. I've been meaning to compliment you on your progress. My build is in dry dock currently while I wait for the time and mental space before I resume work again. It's been a joy following the progress of the other Cheerful builders though. Yours is coming along nicely! Regarding the color of red you're using. I too decided to use Vallejo Flat Red #957. I knew from past experience that Vallejo paints are high quality and easy to brush paint with minimal streaks. I think you won't regret your choice. To see how the Vallejo flat red looks farther along in the build process, just check out the most recent photos of my build. Keep up the good work! . . . and keep the photos coming. Erik
  4. Mike, Thanks for the additional photos! You did a superb job on her . . . and set the bar high for the rest of us Cheerful builders! The detail shots will be useful as a reference when I get farther into my build. Erik
  5. Hey Rusty, Looking good! One request as you cross the finish line with your Cheerful . . . post lots of photos of the completed ship. Erik
  6. This is exactly what I'm thinking with my Cheerful. I' glad to see that Rusty is on the home stretch. I've been following lurking closely. Keep up the good work Rusty! Erik
  7. Mike, Congratulations! This looks great!! You definitely set the bar high for the rest of us Cheerful builders. Any chance you'll do a photo shoot of the finished build and post more photos? Erik
  8. With the onset of nice weather, I temporarily have put working on my Cheerful build on hold. Lots to do outdoors! One of the last photos I shot of the Cheerful a couple of months ago, for the purpose of being emailed to my non-modeling friends and family, included a pencil in the photo. The reaction was kind of funny to me. Everyone was surprised at how small this 1/48 scale project was. In thinking about it I realize I didn't have any photos like that of the 1/350 scale USN destroyer I built a few years ago. I broke out the camera just now, dug around the junk drawer for a lighter and took these. Thought you folks would get a kick out of them. By the way, the most difficult thing on the 1/350 scale build was the rigging, particularly the signal halyards, which are .002" diameter Japanese fly tying line. First that Cheerful photo. The 1/350 scale USS Nields. . . . and the only in-progress shot from this build showing 2 aftermarket 20mm Oerlikon AA guns. Each one is 7 pieces! If you're interested in more on this Nields build, and why it's personal to me, here's more info: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/dd/dd-616/350-ew/ew-index.html Erik
  9. I finished planking the hull. Woohoo! Feels kind of weird to not be adding a plank or two after work every day. I also added the stern post, and did a more thorough sanding of the planking on both sides of the lower hull, paying close attention to getting rid of any high and low spots. I still need to do more work where the planking meets the keel and the stem. Also, the black paint on the wale has taken quite a beating. I'll fix that later. I was hesitant to include the bow shot, since the planks on either side don't line up at the stem too well. Figured it was still an interesting angle for a photo though. Erik
  10. Mike, This is looking really good! You continue to set the bar high for those of us Cheerful builders following in your footsteps! Erik
  11. 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
  12. Looks good Mike. How much did you shorten the yards? Were they mistakenly drawn too long on the plans? Thanks, Erik
  13. 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
  14. Bob, Thanks for posting more photos! She looks beautiful!! It's definitely a challenge to photograph the entire ship. Erik
  15. Bob, It looks great!! Like Blue Ensign, I too would like to see more photos. Erik

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