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  1. I received some new plywood bulkheads from Model Expo. Although the sheet was warped, I was able to salvage bulkhead 2b, which was the one I needed. Bulkheads are set and stern framing is complete. The stern was especially tricky to align and frame. I hope the fairing will balance any symmetry errors. I’ll have one more update before I put together a wood order. The laser cutting on the wood in this kit could be better. Very inconsistent, non square edges. Steve
  2. Nope, you won’t be using any nails. Not sure why they’re included. Steve
  3. I used 1“x2”x3” steel blocks to square the bulkheads. It worked well. Some of the mast filler blocks are installed while I wait for the replacement bulkhead from Model Expo. The remaining bulkheads cannot be squared until bulkhead 2b is installed. I dry fit the bow filler blocks and beakhead platforms. This will be tricky to install as you need to center the platforms with the reference lines on the bulkhead. I will use the bullwork templates to check the lines before I install the bow fillers and platforms. Steve
  4. Get well soon! Crazy level of detail. It’s so much fun to follow your work. Steve
  5. Preliminary sanding of the bearding line into the rabbet. I’m sure additional sanding will be required at the time of planking. Down to about 1/16” at the rabbet. Hoping the taper is correct. Steve
  6. The pinstripe tape is just a guide. It will be removed after the taper is achieved from bearding line to rabbet. It worked surprisingly well for my English Pinnace. Steve
  7. Thanks. It’s another trick from Chuck’s English Pinnace project. You do have to check often that the tape stays straight. Steve
  8. The bearding line was transferred to the other side of the bulkhead former. In preparing to create the gradual taper from the bearding line to the rabbet, I attached 1/16” pinstripe tape. Instructions call for a taper to 3/32”, but referencing a discussion in Mike’s Mayflower build, it must be tapered more to accommodate a smooth transition into the 1/8” stern post after planking. The hull will be planked with 1/16” thick planks. Steve
  9. Thank you. I actually did email them the photos several hours ago. They’re sending to the parts department. I’m in the process of gluing the rabbet strip. Steve
  10. Good morning, gentleman. I’ll attach a photo of the sheet to clarify. Jim, I do not think it was a design mistake on Chuck’s part. It seems like the shape of the bulkhead was altered by Model Expo to fit the sheet. That still makes little sense. Osmosis, I could definitely contact Model Expo, but at this point I will most likely just make the modification myself. Steve
  11. As expected there are a couple of discrepancies with Model Shipways’ laser cutting and the plans. Bulkhead 2b is flattened on one side where it should be round. The bulkhead former is not an exact match to plan sheet four. Although, it seems to match on the other plan sheets. Not major issues, but annoying nonetheless. The bulkhead can be adjusted easily enough. I wonder why these discrepancies happen. Steve
  12. After much planning, trial, and error, I was able to retrofit this dry-erase board to part of my workspace. The board was no more than $10 at Home Depot. Not magnetic, unfortunately. It is mounted with two closet brackets also from HD. Scrap wood was used to space the board from the wall. It holds the Mayflower plans nicely. Steve

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