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  1. Had to travel this week for work and while waiting for my flight I was examining these pictures and realized I cut all of the gun ports with the template upside down. So I’ll have a bunch of re-work to look forward to this weekend. In retrospect I shouldn’t have just used the template blindly but verified the ports to the plans before cutting them all. Well I guess you learn the most from your mistakes 😜
  2. Spent some time today taking advantage of the nice weather to be able to make progressive passes of puttying, sanding, and priming. I don't have a formal paint booth so the priming needs to be done outside. As the weather gets worse I'll probably need to get some form of paint booth setup - I welcome suggestions people have. Unfortunately I over sanded a bit on the bow so it took a bit of time to re-work but I think the end result isn't bad. After a number of passes I think the hull looks fair and smooth enough. Once the hull was ready, I mounted the cannons, cannon port covers, pilot house, and grates. I also added the striping tape to the stack as the instructions suggest.
  3. Made a bit more progress tonight roughing out the cannot ports as well as mounting the fan tail. Was careful to note that the cannon ports are off center to each other from side to side. Really happy with how it's turning out! Up next is mounting the anchor supports, propellor guard, and a first coat of black paint.
  4. Made a little progress on applying the striping tape to the rudder assembly. Actually pretty happy with how it turned out. Now that I am happy with how it turned out I can get started on the various other locations requiring the striping. Also installed the armor bands (1/32 x 3/16 base wood strips) along the water line using a number of rubber bands and some clamps. I'll really need to work on my planking skills if I ever want to attempt a POB model.
  5. So I repaired last night's mistake on the hull and mounted the main part of the keel and bow. Also, dry fit the ram as well. Took a first pass at the grooves that the chains for the rudders run through under the fantail. I'll probably make them a little deeper as well. Up next is the armor belt on the sides, fantail, cannon holes, and anchor holes on the front. I hope to get all of the wood parts installed and a first coat before installing the various metal pieces. Is this usually a good order to do things in? When working with the wood I inevitably go back to doing bits of re-work and I think it may be difficult to do with various metal pieces attached.
  6. Made both forward and backwards progress tonight. Made some great progress on the rudder assembly. Happy with how it’s going together. Unfortunately, I also made a bit of a mistake on the hull with an exacto knife, though nothing that can’t be fixed with a bit of wood spackel.
  7. Getting the hull pretty close. Made several successive sanding, filler, and primer passes to get the shape better as well as smooth and fair. Also, cut the various pieces from the flat stock in the kit. Need to do a bit of sanding on them next. I’ll pick up some 1/16” stripping tape tomorrow for the various accents on the stack, rudder etc.
  8. Made some more progress this morning on shaping the hull. Applied several layers of primer too, which help in sanding immensely. For the most part the general shape is there. Going to pick up some wood spackle to fix a few small mistakes on my part and hopefully finish the shaping by the end of the weekend. I'll need to go over it with finer sandpaper as well. On another note, @MrBlueJacket was kind enough to send me some laser cut parts to add further detail to the model. I believe these are included with the kit now. Really appreciate their customer support.
  9. Been referencing @MrBlueJacket's build log of the Virginia and it has been extremely helpful. Made a little bit of progress this evening on shaping the bow of hull. Photocopied a couple sets of the plans to make the patterns out of the supplied wood. Cut out the bow template. My initial shaping of the hull was way off so a bit of re-work was required. After a bit of sanding it started to look pretty good! I am still fairly inexperienced at this hobby but encouraged by my progress so far.
  10. Made a little more progress this evening shaping the hull. Filled some small pit marks with spackle and continue to take special care to keep the sharp corners the plans mention. Specifically along where the casement meets the forward and aft decks. Obviously a long ways to go but making progress!
  11. Finally getting back to this after a busy summer. Started off by drawing a center line as the instructions recommend. Next cut down the extra wood on the back as well as the front. Took the majority of the excess off with a small saw and then cleaned up with a wooden block and 80 grit sandpaper. Not sure if this is the best method so I welcome any feedback people have. Glad to be back at it making progress!
  12. @MrBlueJacket this looks phenomenal! Having finished the USS Monitor I have started a build log of the CSS Virginia. One question though, what did you do to make the grates on the top of the ship? I'll likely be using your build log as a reference.
  13. Hi All, After having been away from the hobby for a while I purchased the combined USS Monitor and CSS Virginia kits from Bluejacket. I completed the USS Monitor and a build log if it can be seen here: Now moving on to the CSS Virginia. It is a noticeably more complex kit than the Monitor but of equally high quality. The hull is well formed and the various metal pieces come in a nice segregated and sealed bag. The plans are also well drawn and quite descriptive. Thanks to @MrBlueJacket and company for again making a great kit. Looking forward to getting into the thick of building it. The kit contains a number of individual metal pieces all nicely packaged. I couldn't resist setting the completed USS Monitor next to the bare hull of the CSS Virginia for scale.
  14. Nice enough weather tonight to take her outside and capture some completed shots. So happy with the result! I am finally calling her finished. Excited to get started on the CSS Virginia next. Would highly recommend this kit to anyone looking for a fun build.
  15. So I realized I had forgotten to attach the anchor to its chain when I had posted before. Not too much work to get it connected though - quick bit of thread work.

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