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  1. Thanks, guys. Yeah, I figured there would be some fitting of parts, but I didn't know it would be this much. It is all good though, I now know more what to expect and will plan a little more ahead. Everything I do now affects something else down the road that I don't know about yet. The other problem is the language. I'm guessing it is Italian? (Not sure where the kit is made). The plans have both languages, a lot of English for the basic stuff but most of it is another language. The parts inventory is entirely in a foreign language to me and that makes it a little difficult to figure out, but that just ups the challenge a little. I love a good challenge. I read a few other build logs before I started and as I go, I am remembering things others have done and this has been a big help in avoiding a possible problem.
  2. I got the decks on and the top panels. The panels are sanded smooth with all the high spots smoothed out. After I profile the edges of the bulk heads and install the filler blocks, it will be ready for the first layer of planking. I was a little disappointed in the quality of fit of the deck pieces and the panels that are installed. There was a LOT of fitting to get these to line up well, but I am fairly satisfied with the end result. I thought the kit would be more accurately cut than it was, but it just makes a good challenge I think once the first layer of planking is installed and sanded, things will be much better. I have read that better job done on the first layer, the easier and better the end result will be. I look forward to the planking and finishing of the hull.
  3. Ok, after trying several things, I found a way to get the look I wanted. I used a .5mm mechanical drafting pencil. It makes a very fine line and did the nail marks really well. I will do this on all the decks.
  4. I planked the decks while the hull framework was curing and dry fit them on the hull. The decks are sanded smooth. The plans show using a sharp pencil to mark the plank seams and make nail marks. I tried this and I didn't think it looked good, so I sanded them clean.( It looks better in the picture). Is there a trick to this look? My only other choice is not to mark them. I shall think on this for a while, I guess.
  5. I spent some time studying the plans and while they are well made, they have some vague areas and it takes a lot of studying to figure some things out. They are in another language but have some sections in English also. I dry fit all the bulk heads and checked their fit. They were all tight , so after studying and rechecking everything, I decided to glue them in place one at a time, clamping them square until the glue set and then moving to the next. I used paper clips for clamps and the angles for squares to hold till the glue set. I glued the last three bulk heads in place and after looking at it, I decided to dry fit the deck on the bulk heads and found the deck would not set all the way down on the front end. I am glad I did because one of the bulk heads was not lining up with the deck at the correct height. I had to work the glue joints loose and drop the one bulk head another 3/32" to make everything fit. Now the deck sets correctly. The tolerances on these wood parts are going to take some getting used to. I am used to working with everything being within .001" or less working with machined metal parts. The wood is a little more forgiving and not quite as critical. I will spend the weekend assembling the hull framework. I think it might be best to make filler blocks for the front of the hull to have more area to attach the planks to. The plans don't call for them, but it seems like a good idea. I have a question. The plans call for nailing the first layer of planks on ( the hull is double planked). Is this considered the best way to do it? If so, should they be glued also and if so are the nails temporary? I am wondering, because the second layer of planning is very thin and unless the nail heads are sunk, I worry they may make bumps in the thin outer planks. I hope this makes sense. Thanks, Mark F
  6. I finally chose a kit by OcCre to start building. I chose the Golden Hind. The kit is a little smaller than I actually wanted, but I think it will be fun to build. I ordered the kit last week and it came today. While waiting for it to arrive, I moved some equipment from the machine shop "clean room" into the house as I am not able to get the wheelchair into the shop outside. This is the area I set up to build in. I am impressed with most of the quality of the kit, especially for the price. The first thing on my agenda is to build a needed way to hold the ship as it is built. I set up a board to hold things square while the bulkheads are fitted and then glued. I cut some pieces of 2 inch aluminum angle and mounted them on each side of the part to hold it tight and vertical. It is a snug slide into and out of the angle brackets. I cut a few extra pieces of angle to use as squares to clamp the bulkheads in place square when glued. having the machine shop and a wood shop is a big advantage, because I can literally make anything I need. I will be building a simple keel clamp to hold the ship for planking the hull and the rest of the build. I will do that between fitting and gluing the bulkheads on this board. I am not to concerned about the build itself as much as I am not being familiar with all the terminology of the ship parts as you guys are and am a little intimidated trying to discuss the build not knowing all the correct terms. Some of the pieces are still "do hickeys" or "thingies" to me until I memorize their correct name. This part is a learning process for me, so please be patient If I don't call something by its correct name. I will do my best to learn all the correct terms, hopefully with some help from you folks.
  7. Thank you all for your replies. I have ordered two planes. A Lee (and a cheaper one from eBay to experiment with). Mark F.
  8. I am glad I didn't order yet. I think I will go with the one from Lee. I see they also have a mini spoke shave.
  9. I think I will try this plane. It is made of ebony hardwood for the body and the blade is hard and only 1/2" wide. The whole thing is 3" long and 1" wide. Looks like a good gamble for $10.
  10. I read through the posts here about planes and still have some question. I want a plane to use on the hull planks for fitting. Since these boards are so small, it would seem a very small plane wood be best. The ones you mentioned in the posts seem like they may be kind of big for what I have in mind. Am I wrong here? Is there a particular plane available that is good for working on the edges of these small boards?
  11. Hello everyone. My name is Mark Frazier. I live in Mercer, Pennsylvania.I discovered this forum a few days ago and it looks like a good place to be. I have built many things in life , including a couple of houses two garage shop buildings and including some model ships years ago. I am a retired master machinist and tool and die maker. I also have a degree in industrial electronics engineering and industrial mechanical engineering. I had my own home machine shop for years and built many of my own machines and tooling from scratch. I also had a home woodworking shop for years and built a lot of furniture and cabinetry projects. I built many types and various skill level projects and models in the years past, but very few ships ( although I always was fascinated by them). I was forced to retire several years early due to medical problems and wound up in a wheelchair a few years ago, and now at age 67 can no longer work in the wood shop or the machine shop. So, I decided to renew my interests in model building as I can do it in the house from my wheel chair. My doctor said "get a new hobby and stay busy" , soooo .... here I am, embarking on another adventure. I am looking at a couple of ship model kits from Occre and trying to decide which one to order in the next couple of days. I hope to meet some new friends here and most likely will be seeking some advice on building a new model. Oh ...... and even though they say I will be in this wheelchair forever, I don't buy that. I am presently working on my own at walking again and having some success ( I refuse to stay in this chair permanently and believe eventually to be back on my feet all the time again.)

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