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  1. I made some good progress this week working on deck structures and first planking. My first time planking a ship and it was a good learning experience. Lots of mistakes but with some sanding and wood filler the second planking should go on without much issue. I did reach out to OcCre regarding detailed rigging instructions which were not part of the kit and they came right back to me the next day with full rigging plans via email. That’s good service response time.
  2. Barry1

    Hello from Maryland

    Thanks for the welcoming words. I just added the start of my Albatros build log.
  3. I unboxed and started on the Albatros this weekend, actually started a little early on Friday. Managed to get the bulkheads on and set at 90 angle. I also planked several pieces for future use. I received the kit as a present in 2011 and have now taken the leap to get at it. I had not noticed until fully unpacking the kit that there were no written instructions just a 7/8 picture guide. I know they say a picture is worth a thousand words but a little more specifics would be helpful. Does anyone know if OcCre has produced anything in recent years? I don’t see anything on there website that would indicate if they exist. Thanks for any ideas.
  4. Hello all. I recently joined MSW and have been lurking and reviewing various topics and build logs for the past couple of months. I recently retired and decided to get back to modeling. I grew up building plastic model cars and planes then moved to RC planes. I enjoyed building them but not crashing them. Given my experience with plastic models and a desire to learn more about ships and ship building I got back into modeling with Revell’s 1/96 Constitution. It took a bit to finish it and while I enjoyed the build working with the small plastic parts and the limitations of plastic really wet my appetite for wooden ship models. I received the OcCre Albatross as a present back in 2011 and it has been sitting on the shelf since then. I opened the box in June and thought maybe plastic is not so bad. That’s when I found the MSW site. I know you all know this but this forum is fantastic. Great info, lots of sharing and suggestions. Well done to all who keep this going. Using the build as a guide I liked the look of Midwest’s Peterborough Canoe. Too bad Midwest is out of the ship business. I used them for all my RC plane kits and materials. Good company. I found the canoe on eBay and have just finished it. I think I am ready for the Albatross now. Sorry for the long intro. I will plan to start a build log for the Albatross once I get going.

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