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  1. Hello with apologies for resurrecting the thread but i realise I was remiss in not saying thankyou to those that offered me help. Despite the fact you may think i disappeared off the face of the earth, after a long hiatus I've come back to this and just stated to fair the hull. Thanks to all that provided tips and advice so far...once I got a flash of motivation and the right size bulldog clips to pin a batten down (I originally tried to use drawing pins but they wouldn't go deep enough into the side of the bulwark) it's obvious how to proceed... So as the song goes "I can see clearly now" at least until it's time to do the garboard strake then I'll be back with more questions probably
  2. Hello, thanks for all the tips and advice so far! I used some IPA to take off the walnut keel, stem and sternpost. In doing so the stem snapped but I was able to glue this back together. However I am pleased I started again. I've cross checked the measurements with the plans to locate the bearding line and started to cut the rabbet at the stem and along the keel. My question is how I should treat the material between the rabbet and the bearding line, at the stem and stern - if I'm correct i should I be aiming to sand everything down below the line at an angle gradually to reach 1mm just at the keel? The photo below shows where I am so far...
  3. hello everybody, I've just joined this forum and have two newbie questions in regard to building the keel of the Caldercraft 1:64 HM Schooner Ballahoo. I've read one or two build logs on here where people have left these parts off the false keel until after the bearding line and rabbet has been made. Being a beginner, I haven't done this on mine and gamely followed Caldercraft's instructions and glued the 5mm walnut keel, stem, sternpost together then onto the false ply keel (I plan to paint the keel white so avert your eyes from the glue stains) without a bearding line or rabbet. So, what follows is probably fairly naïve / basic question, should I try to: a. establish the bearding line and attempt to carve the rabbet with these pieces in place; b. remove the walnut pieces and start again ( likely difficult as they seem quite solid with the glue and potentially causing other problems); c. carry on regardless (the instructions suggest to plank from the bulwarks down and dont mention the garboard plank) given it will be planked again and have a coat of white paint in the end. Presently the keel is quite straight without any warping so I'm loathe to undo everything (the bulwarks are not glued in yet). Would welcome your thoughts given this is my first wooden kit, it is double planked and I plan to paint it. The picture below shows the slight rabbet caused by the walnut keel being 1mm thicker than the ply keel - If I understand correctly the bearding line will follow the line of the bottom of each bulwark? My second question is in regard to the bow, where the plank templates (part 13 and 14 p and s) are misaligned with no. 1 and 2 b/hs. The photo below illustrates(again the bulkheads are not yet glued in and have been roughly faired). I am guessing the best thing is to glue this aligned along the bulkhead bottom (where the bearding line would be...if I had it...haha...) and sand the top flat with the deck level, but would welcome thoughts from others if I am setting myself up for trouble later on with something. thanks for reading and any tips in advance! neillydone
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    Hello from neillydone

    Hello everybody, I'm a newbie (real name Neil) to wooden model shipbuilding...with a few plastic aircraft under my belt. My Dad has made a few wooden ships but due to poor health is unable to complete a model of HMS Diana (not sure what manufacturer but it's about 1 metre long) he started 40 years ago. Aside from an interest in all things nautical I would like to do this justice for him and complete it... (masts and rigging are remaining to be done). For my first project I'm building the Caldercraft HM Schooner Ballahoo and plan to post some photos of my build in a log. I'm glad I found this forum as after reviewing some completed build logs I've discovered that Ive already made what might be a couple of rookie mistakes... so hoping to learn from the wealth of experience on here! I'm a Brit based in Belgium by the way.

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