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  1. Hi Small update as been very busy with work and travel. Losing motivation a bit so painted the upper deck although this still needs more work. Will try to work on some of the smaller tasks so I keep going while I build up the courage to do the stern.
  2. Truly an amazing build, this was the first ship I built and what you have done with this kit is great
  3. Thanks will have a look and see how I get on,
  4. With the Bristish summer ending decided to get back to the boat building. As per the previous post the metal was broken and far too small so having to scratch build the stern. Keen to get suggestions on how to build the windows as not sure what to do.
  5. Hi, I am building the Mamoli Surprise and did away with the white metal frames. The extra boxing wasn't fun but happier with the end result. Looking forward to your build. Waitoa
  6. Thank you for posting yours as I will be borrowing some ideas from it, I am enjoying this build even though I have made a number of mistakes. Each one though I have learned some new techniques or really had to think my way out of a self inflicted issue.
  7. Starting to progress with painting, doing this more to keep motivation going as avoiding scratch building the stern as not 100 per cent sure how I will tackle this. Waitoa
  8. Thanks for the feedback,started painting the hull this week so will post some more photos later, will have to scratch build the stern which I am not looking forward too
  9. Hi, making a a bit more progress, glad of the advice and feedback from Mayohoo and SColeman as the other fender - rubbing strake was a better fit. Decided a while ago to paint the hull and glad as some of the bow is a bit messy. Will sort the upper deck planking out once that deck is down as this is the area that I have kit-bashed as this model is not really based on the Surprise but is a re-box of another kit la Glorie. Waitoa
  10. Thanks Mayohoo, very jealous of your build and trying to use some of your ideas on mine even though different kits, tried the soldering iron trick tonight and got a better result than just soaking and clamping so appreciate the tip
  11. Thanks, I have been enjoying your build and impressed at the finish you have achieved, next build is the Santa Maria so I can not hide my mistakes with a coat of paint so trying to get some practice on this one
  12. Ermmmn, putting on the rubbing strakes - fenders and open to ideas, I have steamed them as I have seen other do but they still spring out a bit. I have had to pin to get them to lie flat while the glue dries but that leaves me with holes the will need touching up. Any suggestions on how to do these better, thanks in advance.
  13. Hi, The metal pieces that were provided with the kit did not fit so will need a lot of scratch building. Not something I am very good at, built the basic outlines of the stern galleries from balsa. Still will need some more sanding and my best friend putty. Will get the rubbing strakes fitted and the hull painted before I try to make the windows etc. Waitoa
  14. Thanks Captain 71, progress is grinding to a halt as work is getting a lot busier and my efforts to scratch build the stern area are proving challenging. Seeing how you are getting on my spur me to action

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