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  1. I know it doesn’t look like a lot of progress but it’s four passes of sanding, adding putty, sanding, priming etc. I also used progressively finer sandpaper - going from 120 grit, all the way to 400 grit. I also primed and sanded the rudder. Next up is re-drilling the rudder hole, making one last sanding pass then priming and painting the hull black.
  2. After a couple passes of sanding and priming my transom repair isn’t looking too bad! Obviously needs some more work but it’s a start for sure.
  3. Thanks @Tom E! For sure, the entire kit is well done. And I went with a Minwax Cherry stain (actually left over from when I stained the case for the combined USS Monitor and CSS Virginia). Here are some photos of how the stain actually went. Unfortunately when I glued the deck on some glue was pushed through a hole near the carronade rail resulting in a bit of a blemish on the deck. I'll need to cover it with some rope or something when it comes time to rig. I also discovered another mistake on my part when I went to glue the transom onto the hull. I had over sanded the section of the hull substantially (by about 1/8" inch) which resulting in a huge valley once the transom was glued on. I decided to glue some wood material for the majority of the fill and then utilize some putty to do the rest. Bit of a big screwup on my part but I think I may have figured a way to recover from it. Immediately after gluing the transom on it was clear there wasn't enough material. The wood I used to fill most of the gap. After the putty was applied. I'll likely have to spend quite a bit of time sanding this until it looks proper again.
  4. Made some more progress last night mounting the keel and gluing the deck down. I used CA glue to attach the keel without any issues. Unfortunately I did over sand the after section where the rudder post connects resulting in a bit of filler being required. I'll need to sand this and probably fill again until it is smooth and fair. For gluing the deck down I ensured the the drilled mast holes lined up with the laser cut holes in the deck and glued it down with wood glue. I chose wood glue so I could have time to fix things if there were any miss-alignments. I then used a number of rubber bands to hold it in place while the glue dried. The laser cut deck looks extremely gorgeous in person. I'll probably try and stain it this evening.
  5. Made some more progress today fairing out the flat spot on the hull where I had previously made a mistake. Considering how forgiving wood is I doubt if I’ll ever make a model from any other medium again. Once this little bit of rework is complete I’ll be back to make progress again at full speed. Marking the proper location of the keel on the flatten bottom of the hull. I dry fit the laser cut deck with the pre-drilled mast holes to insure the proper location. The keel location properly marked. Not sure how I had gotten the hull so acymetric before. After some more shaping and sanding it’s finally starting to look more the way it should.
  6. This “Snowmageddon” in Seattle has allowed me to focus a bit this weekend on the Revenue Cutter. I wen’t to attach the keel to the hull only to realize I somehow misshaped the hull quite a bit. Fortunately I had excess material which allowed me to simply sand away more to get the proper fit between the laser cut keel and the hull. This will require a bit of work to get rid of the large flat spot on the bottom of the hull though.
  7. @Sea Hoss thanks! Made some more progress this evening sanding and priming. I generally prefer to use different colors of primer, as well as putty so I know how much I have sanded away. Also, I use Tamiya putty which works well. What do other people use for solid hull models?
  8. @MrBlueJacket thanks for the complement! And you are right, there was quite a bit of material that needed to be removed at the stern. The template though that came with the kit pre-cut was super helpful there. @austristan thanks! I look forward to seeing your completed photos 👍🏻 @Javlin thank you! @Eric W thank you for the all the tips. What I learned on solid hull kits on the CSS Virginia and USS Monitor was super helpful on this one. Also, I’ll definately take your advice on the skylight. I may also just cut a deeper hole in the deck to make the appearance of a large cabin - though your tip may be better. In general I didn’t actually make too much progress on the kit over the holidays. I did however put together a really nice paint booth and just made general improvements to my work bench. I did manage to make a few more passes sanding the hull as well as priming and applying putty to any pit marks go get the hull as smooth as possible. Making slow progress!
  9. So I spent a little time this evening carving the hull. Using the rotary tool I carved the stern area to match the template. Quite a bit of material had to be removed but it didn’t take too long. I was a little nervous though about taking too much away. Next was continued hull carving. I shaped one side first just for reference. I then carved the other side and sanding by hand for a while. I also used the laser cut deck as a template. I’ll probably paint a layer of primer to help clear up any rough patches.
  10. Also, there are two other build logs of this model by @Eric W and @austristan. I would greatly appreciate any tips or pointers they have on building the Revenue Cutter.
  11. So I made a little progress this evening shaping the hull. I began with photocopying the template sheet and cutting out the hull templates. I also mirrored the sheet so I could have a right and left deck template. I then glued the templates to a piece of cardboard and cut them out with a razor. I then marked the various template locations on the hull as well as the centerline. I used the instructions suggestion to drill a small hole in various locations along the centerline to keep track of it while sanding away. I also recently acquired a fordom flexible shaft tool and it makes shaping the hull much faster. Using this tool and the templates I made a little progress on shaping part of the hull. Up next is is just more hull sanding and shaping.
  12. For my third wooded model ship (after the Monitor and Virginia) I decided upon the Revenue Cutter by BlueJacket. I chose it for its entry level status but also because it will introduce me to more rigging. Anyways, on to the build log! The kit comes in a nice cardboard box with a color label showing the completed model. The kit includes a number of brass and cast fittings as well as laser cut wood and a machine carved hull. A nice touch is a display cradle is included as well. The laser cut deck is really well done. Excited to start working on the various cast components!
  13. CSS Virginia and USS Monitor combined kit from BlueJacket in 1/192 scale.
  14. So I am calling both the Virginia and Monitor finished! For being my first model ship builds I am extremely happy with them. For the case I ordered a case kit from BlueJacket and mounted the glass myself. For the ship mounts I used some 3/8” square basswood cut into 3” sections. I had to mount the monitor on a 1/2” inch pedestal though to keep the waterlines at the same height. These models were really a blast to put together.
  15. Installed cleats for the flagstaffs as well as for the cutter davits. I used brass cleats, used CA glue to mount them, and then painted the flat black. I aslo rigged the cutters. The blocks I painted brown and glued to the cutters with CA glue and then ran the line and terminating the line at the cleats on the deck. Furthermore, I darkened the color of the deck grates a bit. Overall it’s getting very close! Next up is a clear coat to cover the various little blemishes. I have ave also ordered a display case that will house both the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia together which should make for a nice display.

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